“The command…. is very near to you, already in your mouths and on your hearts.” How does that work? First, the commandments aren’t mysterious, incomprehensible or arbitrary. There is a logic … how people can live together in peace, with one another, with the created world, and with our own consciences. The commandments help to shape our consciences, but also resonate with the best in human nature. Most important, hearing the passage in conjunction with the Gospel highlights the last point in the 1st reading: knowing the commandments is one thing, the real point is to carry out them out.

Sunday, July 10, 2016