Speak Lord: Call us to you

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They are happy who follow God’s law!

They are happy whose life is blameless,
who follow God’s law!
They are happy who do his will,
seeking him with all their hearts.

They are happy who follow God’s law!

You have laid down your precepts
to be obeyed with care.
May my footsteps be firm
to obey your statutes.

They are happy who follow God’s law!

Bless your servant and I shall live
and obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see
the wonders of your law.

They are happy who follow God’s law!

Teach me the demands of your statutes
and I will keep them to the end.
Train me to observe your law,
to keep it with my heart.

They are happy who follow God’s law!

Psalm 118:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34

The Responsorial Psalm at Mass tomorrow, the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, celebrates the community of grace, and gives expression to our longing to be part of it.

Christianity has a somewhat equivocal attitude to law. Jesus is innovative in his attitude to the Law, but insists he does not come to change a jot or a tittle of it.  Paul relativises the place of the Law, but sees himself as bound by Christ.

Authentic Christian following of God’s law comes from a personal and individual cohesion to the communion with God, in and with the Church. Laws are not irrelevant to this, far from it, but – inevitably – they are again and again inadequate expressions of what they are written to defend and promote.

Sometimes the law will be perceived as too strict; sometimes not demanding enough, as we seek to be true tothe call to live love. Sometimes our perception may be faulty; at othertimes not!

  • What law is closest to your heart?
  • Where does law seem to constrain your relationship with God, neighbour or self?

Bring your responses to God in prayer…

Reredos, San Jeronimo, Granada. (c) 2015, Allen Morris

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