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Blessing or Curse?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Moses tells the people (Deuteronomy 11:18, 26-28, 32),

I set before you here, this day, a blessing and a curse:  a blessing for obeying the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin on you today; a curse if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, but turn aside from the way I ordain for you today.

We’re all aware of the saying that, “ignorance is bliss.”  Not knowing something is often more comfortable than knowing it.  When we know that something is good for us and still choose not to do it, it often causes us to feel uncomfortable.  We feel that way because we know that there is a better way to live and we’re deliberately choosing to ignore that knowledge.

When we learn how to eat correctly and how to exercise properly and regularly in order to maintain a healthy body and don’t implement, we suffer mentally because we know better and we suffer physically with a body that is out of shape.

The same phenomenon happens spiritually.

Jesus sends a similar message in this week’s Gospel from Matthew (Matthew 7:21-27):

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.

As followers of Jesus, we’re asked to do more than listen to the word of God. We’re expected to live the word of God with our actions.  We’re expected to align Jesus’ words with our own. We’re called to be the presence of Jesus in all that we say and do throughout the week – not just for a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday.

We’ve been blessed by hearing Jesus’ words and receiving the gift of the awareness of God’s love for every one of us.  As in the case with my knowledge of diet and exercise, now that we’ve been blessed with the awareness of how God asks us to live, we’re not supposed to turn away and ignore the advice. In Jesus’ words:

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Build your house – your life – on a solid, rock foundation.

Listen to the words of Jesus.

Act on those words.

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