with Humility...the Only Way to Live
Obedience, derived from the Latin word, "obedire", held a very different meaning for Benedict and his community of faith. "To obey" literally meant to listen with the ear of your heart, to hear underneath what another person is communicating so that you may serve whatever need may arise. This obedience demands that we silence the tapes that run in the back of our minds to advise, admonish or fix the other, and instead, offer ourselves unconditionally to humbly serve the need(s) of the other, the community, or the world.
Rightly understood, obedience IS essential to living with humility! Beyond our own desires and machinations that primarily benefit us, feed our delusions of grandeur, and isolate us from God and our neighbors, humble obedience can lead us into the true life of our baptismal calling!
Try earnestly listening with the ear of your heart this week and discover what happens!