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Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Matthew 5:17-19

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“Hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you.” —Deuteronomy 4:1

If we are to receive the awesome graces of justice, mercy, and freedom, we must obey the Lord:

  • “carefully” (Dt 4:6), that is, in detail, for Jesus has come to fulfill even the smallest part of a letter of the law (Mt 5:18).
  • zealously. It is our privilege to obey the Lord, Who for love of us obeyed the Father even to death on the cross (Phil 2:8). We must reject a minimalist aberration of Christian life, for “the written law kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Cor 3:6).
  • joyfully. We delight in obeying the law of the Lord (Ps 40:9). We should give obedience to the Lord cheerfully, for the Lord loves cheerful givers (2 Cor 9:7).

Jesus said: “You will live in My love if you keep My commandments, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and live in His love” (Jn 15:10). Through our love, let us carefully, zealously, and joyfully obey our way into freedom.


Prayer:  Father, send the Holy Spirit to teach me to obey You according to Your standards.

Promise:  “Whoever breaks the least significant of these commands and teaches others to do so shall be called least in the kingdom of God.” —Mt 5:19

Praise:  Josh, a Bible student, studied Greek to learn the New Testament better. He was shocked to learn that the Greek text of John 6 supported the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He repented of unbelief, joined the Catholic Church, and received the Bread of Life.


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