The title for my blog today was from a homily by Deacon Pat Martinez at Mass who reminded me that there is much more to look forward to than my life here on this earth.
I was thinking about obedience today. In prayer, I was thinking about The Virgin Mary and her obedience to God to accept the words of the Angel Gabriel to be the Mother of God. I began thinking about St. Joseph and his obedience to God as protector of Mary and Jesus.
Reading some really good blogs today that talked about doing what is right and not necessarily following the law, prompted me to reflect just how important it is to follow God’s ways and His teachings no matter how difficult they might be for me. Being obedient to God and following the law often coincide with each other but when they do not, being obedient to God wins out.
Being a catholic in faith, I am called to be obedient to God’s revelation to His church through Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Teaching Authority of the Church. In today’s second reading from Hebrews 11, St. Paul talked about the obedience of Abraham. The faith and trust in God that Abraham exhibited is truly amazing. We know through his obedience to God that he became the father of all nations and had “descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore.” But the real test of faith and trust was that when Abraham was so old and finally granted the grace of God to have his son Isaac, he was told to offer him as a sacrifice to God. Abraham would have completed the task had it not been for God stopping him at the last moment.
Why obedience, faith and trust in God? My answer is that I know that the best is yet to come. The promise of eternal life in heaven is the best to come. Do what is right, be obedient to God, trust in the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, love your neighbor and have complete faith in God because He is trustworthy. St. Paul also said in Hebrews, “faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” Our God is a merciful Lord and patiently calls for our repentant return to His loving arms. We are reminded today in the Gospel of Luke 12:32-48 that we must not delay. Jesus says … “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Let us all be courageous and take that leap of faith and trust to be obedient to the will of God in our lives. The best is yet to come.