Tuesday in the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Like obedient children, do not act in compliance with the desires of your former ignorance but, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, for it is written, be holy because I am holy. (1 Peter 1:14-16)
Lord God, one thing we do not outgrow from childhood is the instinct to believe we always know what is best for us. This leads us to assume to obedience to anything or anyone other than ourselves is weakness, failure and an unwillingness to be true to ourselves.
Knowledge of Your love, and how we grow in holiness by cooperating with Your love, does not lead us to outgrow obedience. On the contrary, it shapes our understanding of obedience as a free act of love on our part. We choose to obey Your law because we know Your law to be loving, i.e. for our good. When I claim to have give up everything to follow Jesus, please show me that I still do not give up my way of following Him.