Taste and See: Us at one with God

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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 Sunday Mass this week, the 6th week in Ordinary Time, reminds of the importance of the Law, God’s law.

There are many attempts to express what is good in human living – in our relationship to ourselves, our neighbour, and to God. None of them are perfect (cf the dialogue between different traditions regarding the Law in Judaism; the particular ‘take’ of Jesus, and that of Paul, and the tension between ‘Gospel’ and ‘Law’ in the Church subsequently.

 

The Judeo-Christian tradition is very familiar with laws and customs that arise within the community of faith, and which have their origins in the desire to hold the community together, and keep it healthy and faithful.

However none of these laws and customs are God. And what matters is God and us and our relationship with each other. It is our privilege not only to be gifted with life, but to be called into relationship, covenant, with God. Sometimes we find this in well-established ways: sometimes we are called to new ways…

  • What custom/habit presently weakens your relationship with God or others?
  • What custom/habit might help strengthen that relationship?

Poster, Beziers, France.  (c) 2015, Allen Morris

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