Obedience and Disobedience

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There is a theme today in the readings: obedience. We hear Peter and the Apostles talk about it in the first reading from Acts 5. And in the Gospel reading from John 3 we read, “Whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.”

Peter and the Apostles are dragged before the Sanhedrin, the high court of the Jews. The high priest reminds them that they were given strict orders to “stop teaching in that name.” But Peter and the Apostles answer, “We must obey God rather than men.” While that seems like a pretty simple statement on the surface, let’s dig a little deeper. Because this can very often be much easier said than done.

The world today requires obedience. If you go against the narrative - regarding "transgenderism", abortion, sexuality, etc. - you will be punished severely; cast out, canceled, shunned. But let me ask you a question: Would you rather disobey the world and suffer these temporary punishments, or disobey the Son and suffer the wrath of God? Seems to me the answer is pretty simple.

Father, forgive us for those times when we cave in to pressure and obey men, when it is against your will. Give us the courage and strength to always obey you. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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