Grace to you!
Recently, I was in downtown San Francisco to give a talk to a group of Catholic CEOs. By the time I drove around and around the narrow and windy, car-flooded-streets and complicated road networks, I started to appreciate the relevance of a roadmap.
A roadmap makes a difference for travelers in many ways. Cities in countries with proper roadmaps are a delight for tourists. They can see how road A is merged to road B and how the web of roads leads to different parts of the one city of their interest. A good roadmap tells a lot about a city.
A good roadmap is a panorama of a start to a finish. It makes us see our destination; or rather, envision it, though we may not have started the journey yet. This makes what should have been more complicated, easier to deal with.
A good roadmap also shortens the time one has to stop and ask strangers; “Which is the way?” And for those using the GPS, it reduces the frequency of Lady GPS’s ceaseless nerving repetition—recalculating. That is, if you would ever need to use your GPS. A good roadmap is self-explanatory.
Imagine traveling to a city without a roadmap or well-defined roads, street names and numbers. This isn’t a hypothetical. There are many cities in many countries without well-defined roadmaps, whose street names and numbers aren’t clear-cut either. Traveling in such cities could be a nightmare.
As roadmaps help us in our everyday travels, so also we have heavenly roadmap. Exodus 20:1-17 is God’s roadmap to us about the best way to live and function in the world He has made. It is the popular text where God gave the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments are a broad law covering our relationship with God, our parents, our neighbor and society at large. Honoring those laws, by the grace of God, are the first steps to a Godly life.
I understand many want to be relieved of all laws so as to be free as air. Unfortunately, a world without laws would be short-lived. Armageddon. There will be total confusion and destruction. You won’t want to live in such a world, would you? Anarchy is only good on paper—fictional tales—not in real life.
God’s Laws are not a statement of death. Rather, they are like a roadmap to heaven, our final home. They show us how to navigate life and fulfill our ultimate vision.
Living the laws could be difficult. God knows, hence, His grace. Grace is God’s special favor enabling us to live the laws, making them our second nature.
Praying that the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to abide with us as we follow the heavenly roadmap. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Reading: Friday Week 16 Ordinary Time A: Ex 20:1-17; Mt 13:18-23]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
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