March 15, 2009: 3rd Sunday of Lent
Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before you … You shall not take the name of God in vain; for I, your God, will not hold guiltless those who use my name profanely. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long in the land which I, your God, give you. You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness again your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse, or whatever your neighbors have that rightfully belong to them. (Exodus 20:1- 3, 7, 12-170.)
I’m sure you recognize the Ten Commandments. In ancient times they were seen as part of the covenant between God and God’s people. When Jesus lived on earth, he gave us new commandments – to love God and love our neighbor. If we keep these two commandments we will do all that is contained in the Ten Commandments and more, for we will love as Jesus loved, and as he loves now through us.
Review the Ten Commandments.
Which ones are you able to do easily? Which ones are harder for you to keep? We’re not in this life alone. Ask God for help in making the best decisions (keeping the Commandments) during Lent. Go a step farther. Who in your life is a bit more difficult to like or even love? Decide what loving that person would be like for Jesus; then ask Jesus to love that person through you.