Moses said to the people: ‘Obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping those commandments and laws of his that are written in the Book of this Law, and you shall return to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.
‘For this Law that I enjoin on you today is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach. It is not in heaven, so that you need to wonder, “Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it down to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?” Nor is it beyond the seas, so that you need to wonder, “Who will cross the seas for us and bring it back to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?” No, the Word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance.’
First reading for 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Kingdom of God is very close – it is as close as the next good action, the next loving deed.
And when we jib at those things, when we turn away from the opportunity to live love, we drift from the Kingdom.
Always we are called back. But for many it seems easier, better, to be deaf to the call.
Stained glass. Collegiate church of St Mary, Stafford. Photograph (c) 2017, Allen Morris.