Thought for the Day – 6 April – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“It is easier to practice the virtue of obedience when we remember, that all power omes from God,
Then we can see Him in those who have authority over us.
This will prevent us obeying orders from secondary motives, such as the desire to please men or to avoid punishment.
We shall be able to obey solely for the purpose of doing our duty and pleasing God.
Many think that it is easier to command than to obey.
They are mistaken.
Anyone in authority has grave responsibility before God and men and can sin seriously, as well!
The man who is obedient to his lawful superiors in the name of God, however, can never go wrong.
Reflect on the following exhortation from St Paul, which still holds good in our times:
“Servants, be obedient to them that are your lords according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the simplicity of your heart, as to Christ.  Not serving to the eye, as it were pleasing men but, as the servants of Christ doing the will of God, from the heart,  With a good will serving, as to the Lord and not to men.  Knowing that, whatsoever good thing any man shall do, the same shall he receive from the Lord, whether he be bond or free.  And you, masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatenings, knowing that the Lord, both of them and you, is in heaven and there is no respect of persons with him.” [Ephesians 6:5-9]”