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By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Mar 18, 2009)
Readings: Deut 4:1, 5-9; Mt 5:17-19
Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the Lord ... is giving you. Deut 4:1
Why did God give His people laws? Saint Thomas Aquinas tells us that the purpose of any law is to lead an individual and society to a greater perfection and fulfillment. This positive role of law may sound surprising to 21st century minds who may have grown up accustomed to believing that laws tend to limit human freedom and any sense of fulfillment. Any law that is just, however, should serve to promote the authentic good of the person and contribute to forming the overall good of society.
Following more of a secular mindset, many people today write off the teachings and moral laws of the Catholic Church as restrictive of freedom — particularly when considering matters of sexual morality, such as the Church's ban on contraception, premarital sex, and abortion. Yet, the moral laws of the Church are given to us precisely in view of what is best for our human nature.
God knows what makes us happy. It is a sign of His mercy that He reveals this knowledge to us through the Scriptures and the teachings of His Church. If we are to find lasting happiness, it is essential that we be faithful to all of the moral teachings that Jesus reveals to us.
Unfortunately, many people buy into a cafeteria mentality where they think that they can pick and choose how they want to live and what they want to believe. This is not true to the Catholic faith. Jesus came to found a Church that was to be built upon the rock of truth. This truth is one indivisible reality, which is meant to guide us to happiness by revealing what is authentically good. Only what is authentically good can fulfill our deepest desires. By following God's moral law, we obtain true goodness in our life. It is this that brings true peace and joy into our lives.
Lord Jesus, even when it is the most difficult, give me the strength and courage to follow the narrow path of moral truth that our Catholic Church teaches. Amen.