True Christianity is not about rules and regulations. It is about relationships and it is about love.
A true encounter with Jesus brings about a transformation within. Many fall into the trap of minimising this relationship by equating it to just moral rules and rituals.
Ritual celebrations are important and help us in our Faith and life journey. Moral codes are also good and necessary when they are motivated by the love of God and neighbour.
However, they can become focused on externals while we forget what is at the heart of it all.
Jesus knew about the ego and that is why he warned us about making a show of piety and rituals and even prayer and our good deeds.
Our motivation is a loving response to the one who loves us first. It is God’s Grace that enables us not to be trapped in our human frailty.
The Grace of God within that enables us to live in God and God lives in us.
This Grace, this reality, underpins our motivation and energies in all our encounters.