Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy. 28:1-13
Welcome to this day’s reflection. Let’s pray: “Almighty and ever living God, we need the presence of the Holy Spirit to abide and remain ever obedient to Thy laws, Amen.” Everyone enjoys being listened to and obeyed. The first law of creation was obedience. The Ten Commandments borders on Obedience to God our heavenly Father. (Ex.20:1-10) The whole book of Deuteronomy centres on obedience to the Laws of God. There is always the reward for obedience. The rewards of obedience to God’s injunctions laid down in the book of Deuteronomy are so numerous that we cannot enumerate all here. In keeping to God’s commands faithfully, God’s blessings are rained from heaven upon those who keep to His commandments. (Deut.11:27) To disobey the commandments of the Lord, there is also the reward of curse. (Deut.11:28)
Saul lost the kingdom that was his because of disobedience. Samuel said to Saul, “You have done a foolish thing by not obeying the command of the Lord, your God. If you had obeyed, He would have let you and your descendants rule over Israel forever. But now your rule will not continue. Because you have disobeyed Him, the Lord will find the kind of man He wants and make him ruler of His people.” (1 Sam.13:13-14). Saul lost his kingship of Israel to a mere shepherd boy David, due to disobedience. Hear St. Benedict, “The first degree of humility is obedience without delay.”
About Jesus, the scriptures records: “He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death; His death on the cross. For this reason God raised Him to the highest place above and gave Him the name that is greater than other names.” (Phil. 2:8-9) St. Francis de Sales says, “Blessed are the obedient, for God will never suffer them to go astray.”
Dear friend in Christ, the life of a Christian is that of absolute obedience to God’s injunctions. No one can be a Christian without being obedient to the laws of God and the laws of the Church. Verse1 of our reference today says, “If you diligently obey the voice of the Lord, your God, carefully practicing and observing all the commandments which I enjoin on you today, the Lord, your God, shall raise you high above all the nations of the earth.” What other blessings can we ever desire if not the blessings of the Lord, which adds no sorrow? (Proverbs 10:22) Verse 2 says, “Then all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you for having obeyed the voice of the Lord, your God”. Some of the blessings are “Blessed shall you be in the city and in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your land, the fruit of your livestock, the offspring of your cattle and sheep… The Lord shall fill you abundantly with all kinds of good things, increasing the fruit of your womb…” (Deut. 28:3-14) Samuel said to Saul: “Does the Lord take as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obedience to His command? Obedience is better than sacrifice and submission better than the fat of rams.” (1 Sam.15:22)Beloved, you cannot claim to be a child of God and at the same time not faithful to the commands of the Lord. To enter a loving relationship with the Father is to surrender oneself to the commands of the Lord and that of His Church. St Francis de Sales, advises you with the following: “The devil does not fear austerity but holy obedience.” Hence Thomas a Kempis concludes this reflection thus: “No man securely commands but he has learned obedience.” Obedience attracts blessings, liberation, transformation, deliverance, demonstration of God’s power, etc.
MASS: VIOLET/ROSE1 Sam 16: 1b. 6-7. 10-13a; Ps 23: 1-3a. 3b-4. 5.6 (1); Eph 5: 8-14; Jn 9: 1-41FOURTH SUNDAY OFLENT.SECOND SCRUTINY OF THE ELECT.
Thank the Lord for the gift of His eternal Word.
Plead the forgiveness of the Lord for the many times you have disobeyed His commandments.
Take solemnly the prayer of ‘Psalms 51”.
Hand over to the Lord your will and ask for the grace to remain ever faithful to the injunctions of the Lord.
Claim the blessings present in Deut. 28:13 in the name of Jesus.
Exercise: Take the prayer of “Daily Consecration” to the Lord.
Meditation: Deuteronomy 28:13