“Following the Commandments is Living in God’s Reign”
2nd Sunday in Kingdomtide
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Can you still remember the hard situations, critical moments in your life and how God saw you through and pulled you out of that situation? This is one of Satan’s strategies. He bombards us with diversions and irrelevancies and lets us focus on the “urgent” thing, blocking our memory of what God did with our situation at that moment, so that what is truly important is forgotten. Like Martha, we easily become “worried and upset about many things” when only one thing is needed (Lk. 10:41). We must choose the better part.
We must constantly recall the great deeds of God. This attitude has time and again been used by the Psalmist when he says, “Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds. So great is Your power that Your enemies tremble before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name” (Ps 63:3,4). “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds” (Ps. 77:11,12). “Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God” (Ps. 86:8–10). We need to remember the great wonders, awesome deeds, fearful acts that God has done.