Today is the Feast of Candlemas, the Presentation of Our Lord, which is also the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Most Holy Rosary.
Fruit of the Mystery:
Obedience – Love of the Law.
Our Lord Himself is the Law. You cannot love Him without loving the Law; you can’t even get to know Him without loving the Law. Learning the Law, and understanding why the Law is what it is, is to develop your relationship with the Lord. Perfecting yourself in the Law is the sacrificial sanctification of this relationship, and He deeply desires this from you. He has told us with His own incarnate lips.
Steer well clear of anyone who teaches contrary to His word.
Today Pope Francis warned against those who "propose a rigid religiosity"; "beware of the rigidity they propose to you, because behind every rigidity there is something bad, which is not the Spirit of God", adding "these fundamentalist proposals set us back in our spiritual life" pic.twitter.com/niimkltOeC
— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) September 1, 2021
COMPARE AND CONTRAST:
“If you love me, keep my commandments.”
“If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father’s commandments, and do abide in his love.”
“Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”
“And by this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments.”
[1 John 2:3]
“And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.”
[1 John 3:22]
“In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God, and keep his commandments.”
[1 John 5:2]
“For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy.”
[1 John 5:3]
“And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
“Here is the patience of the saints, who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 14:12]
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
“Jesus answered, and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him.”
You picking up what I’m laying down? Blessed Candlemas!