Rules And More Rules

I'm often amused when people say that Catholics have too many rules.  And a lot of Catholics are "Cafeteria Catholics" who pick and choose the rules they are going to follow.  We live in a society of rules whether we like it or not.  There are laws that we have to abide by as well as the rules that we have to follow at work.  Even our homelife is led by rules.  Guess what happens when I don't pay the cable bill?
Yet I see rules and laws broken every day as I'm sure you do.  People still talk and text on their phones while driving.  Someone cuts into the line at the grocery store or cuts you off on the expressway.  Eventually that kind of behavior catches up with those people.  We can only hope.
Today's first reading contains a lot of rules:
The LORD said to Moses,
"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:
Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

"You shall not steal.
You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.
You shall not swear falsely by my name,
thus profaning the name of your God.
I am the LORD.

"You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.
You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.
You shall not curse the deaf,
or put a stumbling block in front of the blind,
but you shall fear your God.
I am the LORD.

"You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment.
Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty,
but judge your fellow men justly.
You shall not go about spreading slander among your kin;
nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor's life is at stake. 
I am the LORD.

"You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. 
Though you may have to reprove him,
do not incur sin because of him. 
Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD."  Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 (NAB)
The "rules" seem to be pretty basic and mundane.  It's when you break them that the consequences start to appear.  Gossiping will eventually catch up to you.  People hopefully, will not want to be around you.  Stealing should land you in jail.  Running your mouth against a family member is not going to build long term relationships.
The rules are there for a reason.  Society is built on rules and so is faith.  The difference is that the rules for faith are there to protect our very souls.

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