Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:7
Let us start today’s reflection by considering this counsel from Blessed James Alberione, “Jesus wants to live in us! Our being, so to say, has to disappear, that is, our thoughts have to disappear so that his thoughts may become ours. Our desires and feelings have to disappear because Jesus wants to replace them with his and plant his heart in us. Our entire will has to disappear, all our evil tendencies, all our actions that are too human, because Jesus wants to put his will in us. ” St. Paul writing to the Ephesians said, “In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. At that time you followed the world’s evil ways; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now control the people who disobey God” (Ephesians 2:1-2). In consideration of this, St. Paul advises us today, in these words, “The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had. One of such attitude is complete and true obedience to his Father. He became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even accepting death, death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7). What a great obedience? Jesus, in order to obey completely his Father’s will, left incomparable glory in heaven and took the humble position of a servant, becoming obedient to death for the sake of the world. Christ’s humility in heart and mind should be found in his followers, including you, for we are called to be like Him. Hear William Temple, “Eveiy revelation of God is a demand, and the way to knowledge of God is by obedience ”. No wonder, St. Francis de Sales says, “Blessed are the obedient, for God will never suffer them to go astray”. Some people think that obedience is becoming a slave or servant. So they consider their positions, status and perhaps wealth and refuse to be obedient, even to God. Hear the advice of Pope Leo XIII, “Obedience is not servitude of man to man, but submission to the will of God, who governs through the medium of men”. “Obedience responds to obedience. When someone obeys God, God obeys his requests. ” (Mois of Belos). George Eliot agrees with the Mois of Belos when he says, “How will you find good? It is not a thing of choices; it is a river that flows from the foot of the invisible throne, and flows by the path of obedience ”.
Beloved in Christ, today the Holy Spirit says to us; voluntarily empty yourself in true obedience to the will of God for you. Christ willfully surrendered his heavenly glory (John 17:4), position (John 5:30; Heb. 5:8), eternal riches (2 Cor. 8:9), rights (Luke 22:27) and the use of His divine attributes (John 5:19). By this total surrender, he invariably suspended his prerogatives of deity, accepting human limitations, sufferings, misunderstanding, ill-treatment, hatred and the curse of death on the cross. Dear friend in Christ, if you want to be wise, then embrace true obedience. Obey the Lord in all that concerns you. Do not consider the human dignity, position and worth, but the blessings and the eternal value of obedience. Only fools, refuse to be obedient and their final abode is with Lucifer in the pit of hell. When our obedience is complete, we shall have divine power to destroy false arguments, pull down every proud obstacles, raised against the knowledge of God and every thought, held captive to obey Christ.
- Take up a worship song to extol the great name of God
- The Greek proverb says, “Obedience is the mother of success, the wife of safety: Father, I ask for the grace of obedience, that I may please you in my ways, thoughts and actions
- Believing in the statement by St Francis de sales that, “When you put inspiration into a heart, the first you give is obedience”, Father inspire me with great hunger for obedience in all that concerns my relationship with you
- Father, I beseech you to grant me faith and patience which are fruit of obedience to you
- Father look with pity upon all your children who are finding it hard to be obedient to you. Touch them and heal them Lord
- Pray for Priests, Pastors and all workers in God’s vineyard that they may dwell in complete obedience at all times
Exercise: Consider today all the things that make it difficult for you to submit to God. Pray for GodYs help
Memory Verse: Philippians 2:9