Here is part of today’s old Testament reading, from Genesis: ‘Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him …’

This passage is often used to illustrate the meaning of religious obedience. The Lord speaks, and Abram obeys, not knowing the outcome, or where he is to go. He just sets out.

So it often is with us: God speaks, we hear, and trustingly we obey. To hear and to obey are one single movement of the soul. In fact, the Latin word meaning to obey has at its root the verb ‘to hear’.

May this virtue and grace be found in us this day, and may God bless you.