When I was looking at the daily Catholic Mass readings for tomorrow, Sunday March 25, the second reading especially spoke to me. The reading is Hebrews chapter 5, verses 7 to 9. (See below for the text.)
Even Jesus had to learn obedience. He was human like us. Obedience to God is always difficult for me. After all, I know so much. <grin> I know I need to put aside my own desires and listen for what God is telling me to do, but it never seems that easy.
And the strange thing is that I know that when I follow God’s commands I end up finding joy in the long run. So why is it so challenging? Jesus is the perfect example. He brought us the greatest gift of all – salvation – through his obedience to the Father.
During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, with loud cries and with tears, to the one who had the power to save him from death, and, winning a hearing by his reverence,
he learnt obedience, Son though he was, through his sufferings;
when he had been perfected, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation
Here are all of the Mass readings for tomorrow so you can look them up in your Bible ahead of time and be prepared:
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9
Gospel: John 12:20-33