Sunday, March 11, 2012


"doers of the word, and not 
hearers only," 

 James 1:22, NKJV

Liam, Aidan and Conor are all preparing for sacraments during this Lenten season. Today's preparation sessions and readings spoke to the relevance of  the ten commandments.

Many people today feel that God's Ten Commandments are no longer valid. They look to the Ten Commandments as being outdated and full of inflammatory language which doesn't sit well with our politically-correct viewpoint. They do not apply to contemporary times. 

I have to admit that when I was up on the alter reading the first reading in mass this morning, from Exodus 20:1-17, the final words " You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass, nor anything else that belongs to him.", made me reflect about the relevancy of the old testament commandments.

Than I thought, you know they are relevant.   Have I been jealous of the things that my friends have? Have I helped others when they needed help? Have I been jealous of the friends that someone else has?  Do I hold grudges and try to get even with others? Have I “forgotten” to return something that I borrowed? Have I used money responsibly? Have I wanted more things, making things or money more important than God? Have I made an idol of sports or entertainment figures?

God's Ten Commandments are still the standard by which Christians should strive to live our lives. I believe that they are a good set of moral codes to live life by They are not just an ancient legal code, but rather a whole approach to life.  The Moral Law is distinct from the Civil Law. 

It is easy to discount the Ten Commandments. However, as a set of moral rules to guide you through the stormy seas of life, they are like a compass. My children need to know they are  important in our lives. That they are a blue print for social, economic and moral well-being.

In the end, I suppose, God will hold us accountable for what we have chosen to do, and not to do. 

Surely a strong moral code can not steer you wrong.

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