Jan. 18, 2016 Monday: 2nd Week in Ordinary Time C
“Does the LORD so delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obedience to the command of the LORD? Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission than the fat of rams." (1 Samuel 15:20)
By obedience you give great glory to Me and gain merit for yourself."
— Jesus to St. Faustina (Diary of St. Faustina, 28)
Jesus told St. Faustina “I was obedient to my parents, my executioners and now I am obedient to my priests”. St Faustina said the devil can imitate humility but not OBEDIENCE. The fall of the devil and adam and eve was through lack of obedience. Mary was the obedient one like the saints.
Obedience means not seeing our will as paramount, but recognizing and doing the will of God. When the Sadducees and priests told John and Peter not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, they knew what they had to do. Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in God's sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:19-20).
Saint Faustina wrote this notation in her Diary that warrants deep reflection: "A disobedient soul will win no victory, even if the Lord Himself, in person, were to hear its confession. The most experienced confessor will be of no help whatsoever to such a soul. The disobedient soul exposes itself to great misfortunes; it will make no progress toward perfection, nor will it succeed in the spiritual life. God lavishes His graces most generously upon the soul, but it must be an obedient soul" (113).
Like our Lord, we must be obedient in all things, even the little things in life. We must have a burning in our heart to love Him and be obedient to Him; that love and obedience is freeing and liberating. As St. Faustina wrote in her Diary, ""God lavishes His graces most generously upon the soul, but it must be an obedient soul" (381).