Today’s Bible reading

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. — Isaiah 49:14-16

More thoughts for meditation

Obedience is a risky business. It is much easier to talk about it than to act it out. It means being prepared to take my life in my hands and place it in the hands of God.

Yet by doing this we discover that in fact God has made us collaborators with him, since what he was drawing out of us in our moments of decision or crisis was not blind obedience and mechanical conformity, but rather an obedience that asked us to take moral responsibility for ourselves. Only perhaps in looking back can we see the extent to which obedience has encouraged a process of growth and of self-transcendence.

What is asked from us is not the securing of a correct answer but something much freer and more creative. “The Christian and monastic model for discerning God’s will in a given situation is not that of finding the solution of a crossword puzzle,” says a recent Benedictine discussion of obedience, “where the answer must be exactly right, fitted to some preconceived plan. A better model is that we are given building blocks and have to see what can be done with them, using in the task all our intelligence, sensitivity and love.”

Suggestions for action

I like thinking how God loves me enough to make me part of his redemption project — not just to be a watcher, but to be an active participant. What part of God’s redemption project are you apart of? Be grateful that you get to be part of it.  On what are you and God collaborating? Can you freely take that responsibility, yet?