Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time



Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
Why did Noah have to get onto the ark? Why did God destroy man with the flood? Why did he destroy Sodom? Sin, Sin, Sin. Man’s problems here are the result of his sinful nature, is unwillingness to be obedient to Gods laws and decrees. Blessed are those who follow the law of the Lord. But why, what’s the reason? If I go against one of Gods commandments, if I steal and don’t get caught, will I really be punished? Aren’t rules meant to be broken? Why so many rules, laws, commandments, and decrees? I think maybe it depends whose rules and laws you are talking about. I think maybe it depends on the purpose of those rules. Jesus had two rules, love of God and love of neighbor. Their purpose? So that one might enter that kingdom of God, that one might enter into His presence. That is the purpose of the law of the Lord, why one should walk in the way of the Lord and observe His decrees. To go against His laws and decrees is to walk in the opposite direction, away from His presence, and into the domain of Satin. That is why we obey Gods laws; it is so that we might gain entry into His kingdom. Man’s laws, well they are something different. They can be either to keep one in a society, or prevent one from escaping that society. That depends on the lawmakers and their intent, and history tells that man’s rules can bring one to either that paradise or a living hell. Many times man’s laws are to imprison, and to oppress, and to keep those rule makers in power. God’s laws though, there not the same: those always are to lead away from imprisonment, and pain, and oppression into a truly better place. Of course we still can object to those laws, and follow our ways: we can take that path of our own choosing; but eventually we see the difficulty of the other path, and then struggle to change course, so that we might again walk in the way of the Lord and enter into His kingdom. For man’s laws we often struggle to change the letters of those laws so that we might change its course, so that it is more in line with the way of the Lord. Some rules are meant to be broken, and others are not. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
1. Rules


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