May my ways be firm
in the observance of your laws.
1 On Jesus' obedience to the Father, before obedience to men, see as well: Lk 2:48; Mt 12:48; Mt 19:29; Mk 11:27-33.
2 Jesus was accused by the Pharisees of other things: for example, of being “a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” (Mt 11:19) Abusing of the Scripture, one can always find a passage to justify one's own convictions while ignoring other passages that would help to interpret a particular text. A rule of exegesis by now consolidated is to read the Bible with the Bible, and every passage in its context and in the frame of the whole Bible. In it, there is not only one “theology” or one “spirituality.”
3 This saint is referred to most often as an example of the person inspired by the Bible (see pp. 147, 155, 156f, 244, 290, 311). The Italian spelling of the title “abate” or “abbate” is not uniform.
4 Cf. Mt 19:21.
5 Cf. Mt 6:34.