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Today September 17 is the feastday of St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621). He was a Jesuit and a Doctor of the Church. Here is a beautiful quote from him about the obedience of the infant Christ.
“In the first place, the obedience of Christ to His Father began with His Conception and continued uninterruptedly to His Death. The life of our Lord Jesus Christ was one perpetual act of obedience. The Soul of Christ from the moment of its creation enjoyed the exercise of its free will, was full of grace and wisdom, and consequently, even when enclosed in His Mother’s womb, was capable of practicing the virtue of obedience.
The Psalmist speaking in the Person of Christ says: “In the head of the book it is written of Me that I should do Thy will. O My God, I have desired it, and Thy law in the midst of My Heart.” (Psalm 40: 8, 9). These words may be thus simplified: ” In the head of the book”–that is from the beginning to the end of the inspired writings of Scripture–it is shown that I was chosen and sent into the world “to do Thy will. O My God, I have desired it,” and freely accepted it. I have placed “Thy law,” Thy commandment, Thy desire, “in the midst of My Heart,” to ponder upon it constantly, to obey it accurately and promptly.
The very words of Christ Himself mean the same. “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, that I may perfect His work.” (John 4:34). For as a man does not take food now and again and at distant intervals during life, but daily eats and takes a pleasure in it, so Christ our Lord was intent upon being obedient to His Father every day of His life. It was His joy and His pleasure.
“I came down from Heaven not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” (John 6:38).
And again. “He that sent Me is with Me, and He hath not left Me alone; for I do always the things that please Him.”( John 8:29)
And since obedience is the most excellent of all sacrifices, as Samuel told Saul, (1 Kings 15:22) so every action which Christ performed during His life was a sacrifice most pleasing to the Divine Majesty.
The first prerogative then of our Lord’s obedience is that it lasted from the moment of His Conception to His Death upon the Cross.”
From The Seven Words on the Cross by St. Robert Bellermine
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