‘If you choose you can keep the commandments’

“If you choose you can keep the commandments” (Sirach: 15:15). How might we understand this opening line from today’s Old Testament reading? The most obvious way is to see the commandments as a set of laws that God hands down. Keeping the commandments is a form of obedience to God. To be law-abiding …

Seek Jesus with Joy and Dedication on the Feast of His Presentation

In Luke’s Gospel reading for today, we hear the account of the devout Holy Family arriving at the Temple of Jerusalem. They had traveled the five miles from Bethlehem for a dual purpose- to fulfill the Jewish law by dedicating their first-born son, and present Him to the temple, and …