Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The commandments of God to the Israelites are not a religious incantation to be repeated now and again to get eternal life. Nor are they a set of Hebrew rules relevant only to ancient times. Rather they are a set of core values that reflect our Creator’s directions for a long and abundant life. Moses received the key ten commandments from the Lord on Mt. Sinai. When he descended from his retreat with the Lord, ready and willing to teach his people to live into a true and lasting relationship with God and with each other, he discovered that in his absence, and in their impatience, the Israelites had been sucked into serious sin of all kinds. Moses responded with fury. The stone tablets that had been written so painstakingly on the mountain crashed to the ground. Then he boldly melted and ground into powder the golden calf of the people’s craftiness and forced them to drink this vestige of their rebellion. Finally he shouted for everyone on the Lord’s side to gather around him, separating those who recognized the purity and richness of God’s ways from those who preferred the profanities of sin. Am I willing, like Moses, to boldly receive, proclaim and defend the commandments of the Lord? Lord God, help me to proclaim your commandments.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7 )
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.