05 March 2011
This Week in Catholic Liturgy: Binding Reminder
In literal obedience to the Law of Moses--"bind [these words] at your wrist...and...[as] a pendant on your forehead"--many Jews wear a phylactery, a small box that contains the Great Commandment ("Hear, O Israel..."). The most recent equivalent today is the rubber wristband that features all sorts of causes. More important is the choice to take God's words "into your heart and soul," concretely observing them in our words and actions. While our observance is not a condition for God's love, it certainly predisposes us to receive that love most fully.