After fifty-three years of a perfect driving record, I received a speeding ticket. I plead no contest, and upon completing a defensive driving course, the offense will be expunged from my record. The course has been eye-opening. There are so many laws, signs, symbols, and colors to observe. When we become distracted, we fudge, sometimes breaking the law causing accidents, and getting tickets. Today, I completed the section on mishaps such as collisions, blowouts, or running off the road. The advice was to stay calm, collected, and take the road of least resistance. You may still have a collision or a blowout, but you should come out safely.
We have distractions in our lives, family concerns, stress, aging, illness, and the lure of worldly things. We can become so overwhelmed that the path of least resistance is difficult to take and maneuver.
Today’s readings offer a solution in staying calm and taking the path of best resistance. The reading from Deuteronomy exhorts the Israelites to follow the commandments and assures them of God’s love and fidelity if they do so. The gospel from Matthew offers Jesus as the best resistance to give life and meaning to God’s law. We hear whoever breaks even one of the least of the commandments and teach others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
Our path of best resistance is through prayer, reading, reflecting on scripture, performing acts of kindness, and receiving the Eucharist. It is better to go to Holy Communion with your weaknesses than to distance yourself from it from fear or humility. (Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Counsels for Spiritual Life).
Today, when distractions and temptations come your way, what path will you take?
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever: the ordinances of the Lord are true, all of them just. They are more precious than gold, than a heap of purest gold, sweeter than syrup or honey from the comb. (Psalm 19:10-11)
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