June 25, 2019
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord. Response to Psalm 15
Jesus said, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.” “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” Mt_7:6,12-14
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
So, why is it, beloved, that we have Religions? And why are there so many religions? Well, we might say that ‘human nature,’ or temptation, or the devil keeps us from living the life that Jesus professed is possible for everyone. And living that life is not something that can be forced upon people, as the Mohammedans feel. And it’s not exactly isolating ourselves from the rest of humanity, as do the monks in high mountains of Tibet. And it’s not observing trivial differences in liturgy or theology, as do all the different Christian denominations.
Living that life is dependent upon our interactions with one another. It is having no guilt from our actions or our thoughts. It is respecting all life with no prejudice or hatred. It is forgiving others and ourselves when those temptations, those times of human weakness come, and when the devil prompts us do stray from the narrow path to follow a crowd of his disciples.
Jesus tells us that this life is not easy. But when we can keep the perspective of others always in mind. When we can see life from their point of view and place ourselves in their shoes. Then, just maybe, this “golden rule” might make a little more sense and maybe then we can find the joy of living in the presence of the Lord.
And that’s why we have religions, in all their different forms; to constantly point us back to the better path, narrow as it may be!
It is a path of communal LOVE!
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