16 Feb 2020. 6th Sun OT. Cycle A-2020. Sir 15:15-20 + 1Cor 2:6-10 + Mt 5:17-37

God in the beginning created human beings and made them subject to their own free choice. If you choose you can keep the commandments; it is loyalty to do his will. There are set before you fire and water. To whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand. Before man are life and death, whichever he chooses shall be given him (Sir 15:14-17).             

I am free to choose: to do good, or to do evil, to follow life, or to follow death. God made me with a free choice. 

I got free will to follow God’s will for me: to obey or to spurn His commandments. God created me with a free will.

Choices have consequences: good if I do good, bad if I do bad.  I am free to choose my way, but not free to choose what God says.

To choose or not to choose, someone else will choose for me. If I shun to choose, by default, I choose what someone else chooses.

The choice is mine; thus, its consequence is my doing. I, not others, am responsible for the consequence of my choice.

If a choice of good yields bad, or a choice of bad yields good, that is God’s choice, not mine. Justice is His will; mercy is His choice.

I am made a human with intellect, superior to a beast with instinct. Intellect, not instinct, weighs the consequence of my free choice.

My Maker guides me to follow more His will than my will. Even then, He wills to respect what I will. VSS

I have today set before you life and good, death and evil. …  I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live” (Dt 31:15, 19b).

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