A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Wednesday 8 February

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17; Psalm 104;
Mark 7:14-23

They chose life

The difficulty of knowing right from wrong and of making moral choices is as old as the story of Adam and Eve. Sometimes we are moved to choose what will give us more energy and life. Sometimes we favour what will be a safer choice or will be more acceptable to others. Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They chose to disobey. They chose to eat the fruit from the tree, to have knowledge of good and evil and to accept the consequences. It was the tree of life. They chose life. The Psalmist reminds us that ‘Yahweh, our God, is tender and compassionate, slow to anger and he never treats us as our sins deserve.’ Psalm 104 (103).

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