July 14, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live. — Psalm 69 (cf. 33)
Mass Readings: Deuteronomy 30:10-14/Colossians 1:15-20/ Luke 10:25-37
God’s Simple Commands
We humans like to complicate things. We make rules and then we make rules about the rules. Then we make rules about what happens when we break the rules. God doesn’t seem as interested in a multiplicity of regulations as we are. In the first reading, Moses says God’s command is “already in your mouths and in your hearts.” In the Gospel, Jesus praises the scholar who says the law consists of love of God and neighbor.
Just because God’s commands are simple to say doesn’t mean they are simple to do. In fact, it can often be easier to keep a detailed regulation to the letter than it is to obey a sweeping command like “love your neighbor.” That’s because keeping rules is a matter of simple adherence but God’s command requires a change of heart.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, change my heart so that I live in love, not regulation.
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