God does not need our obedience and rituals; those things help us: A Reflection on Psalm 50:14-15

God does not need our obedience and rituals; those things help us: A Reflection on Psalm 50:14-15 November 21, 2013

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:

Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
Then call upon me in time of distress;
I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me.

– Psalm 50:14-15

Here’s part of my reflection:

A key turning point in my spiritual journey was when I encountered the idea (in then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s 1968 book, Introduction to Christianity) that a religion is made up of three components: law, ritual and belief in something beyond the material that is the foundation of everything…

God does not need our obedience to the law or our performing of rituals; rather, those things help us stay connected to God…

Please read my full reflection here.


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