Faced with life and death you would think the choice would be easy. And so it is when we are watching a movie or reading a novel or listening to our friends struggle with a decision. But most of us find that we struggle when it is our turn to discern what makes for life and to choose it in our own lives.
Our readings this week (Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, and Matthew 5:21-37; Sixth Sunday after Epiphany) put us between a rock and a hard place. We begin with the attractive enough reminder that what is asked of us is in essence simple – to love God, to walk in his ways, to serve with all our heart and soul and to keep his commandments. Simple but a very tall order. And people of faith seem to have always found it so because the psalmist starts by saying how blessed are those who keep the law but then confesses that he can’t manage it!