So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.
See, just as the Lord my God has charged me, I now teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observe in the land that you are about to enter and occupy. You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!’
For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?
But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children—
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today’s readings emphasize the passing of wisdom from generation to generation. Three of my four children are in high school, and the youngest is nearly a teenager. Their days left under our roof feel numbered; as a result, I spend a good amount of time wondering if we have adequately passed along the most essential elements of our faith, along with anything else that will help them to live meaning-filled lives. There are times when I overreact to a child’s refusal to come to church, or if one seems overly attached to some material good. But on my best days, I trust that God’s grace will fill in the gaps left by my own mistakes.
What have I done to help future generations appreciate the gifts of our faith tradition? What conclusions might others draw from the example of my own life as to the most essential parts of our tradition?
—Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Provost at Regis University.
Loving God, as we grow in the faith that has been passed on to us from our ancestors, may we have the wisdom and courage to share it with those around us so as to help draw others closer to you. Amen.
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