This week’s Old Testament Reading comes to us from Sirach; it is part of a long speech given by Moses to the chosen people prior to their entering the Promised Land. Their journey had been long and treacherous from slavery to freedom and now approaching the land that God had prepared for them. Moses was encouraging them to live by the commandments and to trust the God they had come to know. It is important to note that Moses also reminded them that they had a choice, they could choose to do right or wrong, good or evil and each of those choices would have consequences, in short, life or death.
Then in the New Testament from 1 Corinthians, St. Paul shares with the people that the wisdom he speaks of does not come from the human heart, rather it is both mysterious and hidden, for it comes from the Spirit. If the people had understood the fullness of the wisdom of God, Jesus would not have been crucified. This is a reminder to us also that there is much about God that we do not fully comprehend; God is simply that BIG! However, the wisdom of God is there for all those who love him.
So how will we choose to live? Will we choose good or evil, love or hate, truth or lie? Do we choose to live by the commandments or do we make our own rules to live by? In Matthew’s gospel Jesus is speaking again about the importance of choosing to live by the commandments and he provides concrete examples. He challenges us to be in right standing with our brother, to reconcile differences and only then approach the altar of the Lord.
Now there is something to think about. As I approach the Eucharist, do I come with a clean heart? Am I in “good standing” with the people I love, those with whom I work, those I meet daily? Am I making right choices, choosing to do good rather than sin? Choosing to see the goodness in people rather than pointing out their faults? And do I own my own sinfulness and recognize my need to seek forgiveness and to refrain from judging others?
Let us take time this week to do a self-inventory of how we are living the Commandments gifted to humanity for our own sake.
Lord, be with me as I reflect on my life. Help me to be honest and real in assessing my commitment to your Commandments. Grant me the wisdom to make good choices and the humility to admit my shortcomings. I find comfort knowing you are a merciful and forgiving God who is always with me. I thank you and I praise you. Amen.
Have a wonderful week,
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