Discipline: Homily for Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Readings for Today

Discipline.  Hearing this word can be cause for us to feel anxiety.  We can fear the word.  We can not like what discipline implies.  This is because when we hear discipline, we often confuse it with punishment.  It is easy to understand why.  Sometimes they feel the same.  But punishment is about power.  Discipline is about teaching.  Discipline helps us to learn something or to achieve something valuable.

To lose weight and to get into shape, we need discipline.  We need discipline to have a fulfilling prayer life.  We need discipline to lose weight.  It is not just punishment because someone is bigger than we are or who has more power than we do, but rather, it is that the one giving discipline knows more than we do.  Discipline comes from the expert so that the learner can become the expert.

The author of the letter to the Hebrews reminds us that God knows far more than any of us.  We may not always understand God’s way, we may not always like God’s way, but God’s way leads to salvation.  God’s way helps us to live eternally.

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