Cycle C Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Moses challenges the people with the admonition, “If only you would 1eed the voice of the LORD, your God … with all your heart and all your soul.” Do we do that? mmmm Easier said than done! Yet sit? Or do we say like the later Israelites, “it is too difficult.”?  Moses counters that and says the ability is, “very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.” Are we too lazy? Do we really care? Do we really make the effort?
The Responsorial Psalm challenges us to “Tum to the Lord in your need, and you will live.” Is turning that hard? Do we not -rather choose to take the easy path we are already on, even if it is a downhill path away from where we desire to be?
Are we not often like the scholar of the law in today’s Gospel who tries to find a loophole, an excuse to not have to invest of ourselves? Notice it says, “because he wished to justify himself.” How often are we more concerned about justifying our current behavior than following the difficult path to inherit eternal life? Like him do we not play word games, “who is our neighbor?”

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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