Obedience

May 11, 2017
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
The Gospel Today
John 13:16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you.
I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)

“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater that his master nor any messenger greater that the one who sent him.” – Jn. 13:16. According to Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2197, we are obliged to honor and respect all those whom God, for our good, has vested with his authority. This is the fourth commandment of God.

Before I became a seminarian, I worked in different fields and I encountered various attitudes of bosses. Of course, I am obliged to obey them because they are persons in authority. It is very clear to me that if I do not disobey their rules, I could have peace of mind. But if I had tried to break the rules, it would have really haunted me everywhere I go.

In college, I was a working student. There was one time when my classmates invited me to attend a party. I wanted to go with them but I found it hard to ask permission from my boss because I had thought that he would not allow me to go with my classmates for many reasons. I had a bad experience with my peers, that is why my boss became hesitant to allow me to go around with my peers. I know that it was for my own good, but as a teenager, I have a desire to be independent and to be distanced from parents and from other persons in authority. Consequently, I decided to attend the party without the permission of my boss. Sadly, we had a conflict with another group and we fought each other. After that day, I realized that if I had only listened, honored and obeyed the words and advices of my boss, I could be safe always.

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