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<< Saturday, July 1, 2000 >> Immaculate Heart of Mary
Bl. Junipero Serra

 
Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
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Psalm 74 Matthew 8:5-17
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OBEDIENCE SCHOOL

 
"Just give an order." —Matthew 8:8
 

Jesus learned obedience from what He suffered (Heb 5:8). Even to His dying day, Jesus grew in wisdom (Lk 2:52) regarding obedience. Therefore, we also will always have a lot to learn regarding obedience.

The centurion whose servant was healed by Jesus can teach us the following things about obedience:

  • We should ask the Lord to give us commands (Mt 8:8).
  • Obedience is often the way to bring healing to ourselves and to others (Mt 8:9).
  • Obedience is an expression of faith (Mt 8:10).
  • Certain works of God happen at the moment we obey (Mt 8:13; see also Jn 4:52-53).

"Just as through one man's disobedience all became sinners, so through one Man's obedience all shall become just" (Rm 5:19). Jesus "humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!" (Phil 2:8) Learn obedience as Jesus did. Be obedient as Jesus was. Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by obedience to the truth purify yourself for a genuine love (1 Pt 1:22). Realize that each time you receive Jesus in Holy Communion you ask Him to give you orders (Mt 8:8). Live a life of obedience (see 1 Pt 1:2).

 
Prayer: Father, teach me obedience in any way necessary.
Promise: "Rise up, shrill in the night, at the beginning of every watch; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord; lift up your hands to Him." —Lam 2:19
Praise: Walter was not able to have victory over sexual temptations until he dedicated himself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
 
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, Obedience School.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 16, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 18, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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