February 1, 2017 – Wednesday in the 4th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Ansgar (801 – February 3, 865)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15    –   Psalm 103    –    Mark 6:1-6

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

Discipline and Disciple sound like they come from the same root but, while most of us would readily consider ourselves “disciples” not many of us like to have too much discipline in our lives. The cry to be free is our song and “Don’t hem me in” is our motto. I am reminded of my days, long ago, when I was taking classical guitar lessons and had to struggle learning scales. “Why don’t we just jump into learning that nice Bach piece rather than staying here going up and down scales?” But the discipline of starting with a solid foundation of scales was really the most important part of those lessons.

In the spiritual life we often want to jump ahead to “Resurrection Glory” without going through Calvary. If we bypass the “cross of discipline” the glory of resurrection loses it’s power. Discipline is like training for a marathon & we would rather skip the burning part of training and get right out on the road. We need to follow the “Martha, Martha” Gospel and learn to sit at the feet of the Lord to listen to and absorb His words so that we will have something substantial to power us in whatever “ministry” we get involved with. We must become a living book of the Gospels with the words of Jesus written on our hearts (2 Cor 3:3.) We can’t skip the discipline of learning the scales & jump right into Bach Aires.

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