A Happy Valentine’s Sunday to all our young couples!
The Two Ways
‘Look, today I am offering you life and prosperity, death and disaster. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God … if you love the Lord your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws and his customs, you will live …’ (Deut 30:15ff)
Since the will of God is that we follow his commandments and so have life, why do we balk at doing precisely that? Why pick and choose which of the Ten Commandments or which of Jesus’ teachings, we are going to follow?
We know by reasoning and from experience that the Highway Code is there for our good and the good of all who travel by road, and that to ignore those road signs is to put our own life and that of others at risk! Similarly, to ignore the commandments of God is to put our own life and that of other at risk.
‘Choose life, then’ God says to us, ‘so that you and your descendants may live, in the love of the Lord your God, obeying his voice, holding fast to him; for in this your life consists …’
No wonder the Psalmist tells us today: “They are happy whose life is blameless, who follow God’s law! They are happy those who do his will, seeking him with all their hearts”.
Fr Philip Sainter
To read more, click here … Newsletter 16 February 2014