Moral Decisions and God
Have you ever sat in a lesson or teaching of some sort and become taken away by the topic? You're so fascinated that you start questioning the teacher to learn more, becoming engaged and helping the information to sink in further. When it comes to current issues in the world, such as abortion, contraception, Euthanasia and others, we become engaged and turn where for making our perception? To Church teachings in Scripture and of the Magisterium. Teachings of old and new help us to gather our thoughts and help us in modern society when we come into contact with struggling situations. However, do we gain the right interpretation or find what we want to believe and censor scripture?
Today's Gospel states:'But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me; and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning."I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. "I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you'(John 15:26--16:4).
In the Gospel we read that the time will come when people will kill and say they are offering to God. This is misinterpreting God's will for the world, in some ways being a Zealot and taking things to the extreme so to 'please God'. However, Jesus tells us that to be true witnesses of our faith, we must live out God's will in every area of our lives and not only do what's best for us, but for the whole of humanity. When looking closer at moral issues in relation to Catholicism in our modern world, we must not only reflect on Scripture teachings, but also the Church's view, through quiet reflection in prayer, and also moral deliberation of one's conscience. Take time to reflect on today's reading and how you can best serve society by revealing God's love.
Today's prayer comes from 'Crosswalk' a prayer for wisdom when seeking God's direction:
Lord, thank You for the people You have divinely placed in my life who speak holy truth, love and words of wisdom. Give me a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak instruction into my heart and my circumstances, and give me the strength and courage to follow through with that advice, even when it’s hard. Fill me with peace in knowing that even if I take a wrong turn, Your purpose will prevail. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.