Taste and See: Life or death

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Moses said to the people: ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from among yourselves, from your own brothers; to him you must listen. This is what you yourselves asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the Assembly. “Do not let me hear again” you said “the voice of the Lord my God, nor look any longer on this great fire, or I shall die”; and the Lord said to me, “All they have spoken is well said. I will raise up a prophet like yourself for them from their own brothers; I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him. The man who does not listen to my words that he speaks in my name, shall be held answerable to me for it. But the prophet who presumes to say in my name a thing I have not commanded him to say, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.”’

First reading for Sunday of 4th week in ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 18:15-20

In our youth most of us live like we will live for ever. It ain’t so.

We live only when we live in the Lord. Apart from him our lives are strictly time limited. But in him we flourish and live forever.

Life in God transcends the mortality we experience in this world: it draws us into the eternity of goodness and love that is God.

  • What are the choices you make this day because of your hearing the word of God?
  • Which choices would the word of God hold you back from?

Ruined memorial. Coventry Cathedral. (c) 2014, Allen Morris

 

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