The Law

21 Dec

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
In ancient times did’st give the Law In cloud, and majesty and awe.

Can I just say this? We don’t like to be told what to do. Period. End of statement. Finis.

We don’t like to be told what to do. Not by anyone. We begin to rebel as early as we can. They don’t call them the “terrible twos” for nothing, you know. “No” is a word that is on our lips and in our hearts in many ways.

That is why so many people balk at the Ten Commandments as well as the teachings and laws of the Church. They are so used to watering things down or picking and choosing that they get rattled when they are reminded that the laws of God are an entire package. There is no a la carte menu. We can’t pick and choose. It’s an all or nothing proposition.

God laid down the law for us thousands of years ago. Jesus reinforced, and in many ways, simplified, the law. The Church has codified the law for us as well. Yet, still, we balk at law and prefer, instead, suggestion.

Many a soul is going to feel very awkward at the very least when they stand before God. They are not going to be able to say, “Just who do you think you are? Who are you to tell me what I should have done?!” The answer, if one would be so brash as to ask it, would be, “I’m God. Period. End of statement. Finis.”

There was an old car commercial that had a jingle, “You asked for it. You got it. Toyota.” Well, my friends, we asked for something that would keep us on the straight and narrow. We asked for the law. We got it. Now, it’s up to us to embrace it.

FAITH ACTION: Try to see Church law and the Commandments as a help to remain faithful to God.