The Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany
“If you choose, you can keep the commandments, and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. He has placed before you fire and water; stretch out your hand for whichever you choose.” — Sirach 15:15–16
I love this great book of Jewish wisdom, Sirach! It shows up in the liturgy just a few times a year but when it does, I love it. Some of that no doubt comes from the simple fact that I did not enter Christianity in a tradition that would have acknowledged this book in any sense at all, so its relative newness to me is reason enough for me to look forward to hearing it during the liturgy, but it’s also the message it presents.
And the text we encounter from chapter 15 keeps alive the main themes from last week’s readings, namely, the commands of God. I had a feeling we weren’t done with this theme just yet… we are approaching that Great Season of Lent, so one more week contemplating and considering the commands of God is not such a bad way to prepare.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!