Does the Lord so delight in holocausts and sacrifices as in obedience to the command of the Lord? Obedience is better than sacrifice…Samuel 15:22
OBEDIENCE may well be better than sacrifice, but it’s also a whole lot harder.
To write a check, spend a few hours of service to a cause or even open my house in hospitality is a small sacrifice compared to tryin to love my neighbor or pray for those who persecute me. (Okay, I’m not really persecuted, but I am mightily annoyed at times.)
When obedience is required by Church laws and regulations, it’s easy to chafe under the restriction. Can’t I just tithe, and then do what I want? No, says Samuel, you can’t. Not if you want to delight the Lord.
And not if you want any relationship that isn’t merely one-sided. Obedience means yielding our will, a most prized possession, for the sake of a demand that comes from outside of us. That in itself can be a healthy exercise in acknowledging something greater than ourselves.
Lord, help me to live, not just hear, your word.
Author: Mark Neilsen
Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotions January 18th.