Posted by: livingscripture | March 2, 2016

Third Wednesday of Lent


From the Word of the Day

Now, therefore, Israel, hear the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.

  (Deuteronomy 4:1)                                                

How should we live this Word moses

That which the Israelites are invited to observe and put into practice are the Laws God had given to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  We need to understand one basic and beautiful element.  God did not give the Ten Commandments to Moses to exercise possession of His people, almost as though to enslave them and dominate them like a despot.  Not at all!  He gave the Laws and norms as part of a plan of life and growth for the people in preparation for their insertion into the Promised Land.  Very often in our times, rejection of any laws or norms is manifested. It is true that at times, we are dealing with laws that are absolutely unjust and which we must resist.

But when we are dealing with God’s Laws, it is very reasonable and wise to put them into practice.  They are a comfortable and secure track that, as they traverse the space and time of our days, bring us on a safe road that is the way to life, both for our life on earth and that which awaits us at the end of our days, in view of a life that is fully realized and happy.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder God’s Commandments and realize how they can and do lead to a life of peace and joy if they are lived with God’s grace.

Lord, sometimes my mind becomes confused and I feel the weight of the Commandments I must obey.  Help me to be secure in the fact that Your Commandments are the most opportune means to live fully and happily my days traced out by You, and that they will lead me to be with You forever. 

The Voice of the Catechism of the Catholic Church 

Jesus took up again the Ten Commandments, but He showed the power of the Spirit working in their letter.  He preached a justice that goes beyond that of the Scribes and Pharisees and those of the pagans.  He brought out the demands of the Commandments.  “You understood that the ancients were told, ‘Do not kill…But I tell you whoever is angry with his brother, will be subjected to judgment’ (Mt. 5: 21-22)”.





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