Thursday, September 7, 2023

Parable and Conscience Meditation September 7

Obedience  September 7

The following are the precepts we order you living in the monastery to observe (Rule of St. Augustine, 2).

Jesus had his way of living before his Father and among his brothers and sisters in the world.  That was his personal spirituality.   From the time of his childhood, he affirmed, even in a dramatic way, the priority of his life.  In the Temple, responding to his desperate parents in the search for him in Jerusalem, he simply said, “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Lk 2:49).  Later, the Father himself recognized Jesus’ attachment to him when he declared over the waters of the Jordan, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17).   Often Jesus made himself clear: “My food is to do the will of the One who sent me and to accomplish God’s work” (Jn 4:34).   And finally, he declared while sweating blood, “Not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42).  He came with this mission, he behaved accordingly always, he died in fidelity to it.  In effect, the salvation of the world was founded on the obedience of Christ and the Kingdom will be realized by reason of the obedience of his disciples.  The will of God is the preoccupation of religious.  Everything in religious life is structured to hear God—prayer, fraternal life, involvement with the world.  To obey is the spirituality of Christ.  To obey is to live like Christ.

The destination of the picked banana depends on the picker.  (Mongo)

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