Taste and See: Your law is my delight


Lord, how I love your law!
My part, I have resolved, O Lord, is to obey your word.
The law from your mouth means more to me than silver and gold.
Lord, how I love your law!
Let your love be ready to console me by your promise to your servant.
Let your love come and I shall live for your law is my delight.
Lord, how I love your law!
That is why I love your commands more than finest gold,
why I rule my life by your precepts, and hate false ways.
Lord, how I love your law!
Your will is wonderful indeed; therefore I obey it.
The unfolding of your word gives light and teaches the simple.
Lord, how I love your law! Psalm 118:57,72,76-77,127-130

The responsorial psalm heard at Sunday’s Mass makes much of ‘obedience’. For many this seems an outdated concept, now superseded by ‘mutual collaboration’. But who leads? Or what leads? And to what end? I’m reminded of the Kinks’ song Dedicated follower of Fashion with its concluding lines:

He flits from shop to shop just like a butterfly In matters of the cloth he is as fickle as can be ‘Cause he’s a dedicated follower of fashion.

‘Religious obedience’ – two old fashioned,outdated concepts for many – is ultimately and most healthily that way of life to which we commit ourselves and strive after we hear, love  and obey the word of God  – when we let it be law for us.

  • What word of the Lord has fashioned or re-fashioned your life?

In Christian discourse ‘Law’ is often (too often?) contrasted unfavourably with ‘Love’ and ‘Gospel’.

The contrast is made sometimes by Jesus and by St Paul, so it has a good pedigree.  Yet in their different ways they both spoke too, in implicit and explicit ways, of the abiding virtue of the Law.  They also knew  that in love they fulfilled the Law. In their religious obedience to the sometime fierce compulsion that is the Law of Love, they fulfilled the Law and surrendered to Love, love of God, love of neighbour.

  • What ‘law’ leads you to life?
  • When has observance of law freed you to live love.

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