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March 8, 2015
Third Sunday of Lent
We are proud to be a nation ruled by laws & not by whims of individuals. There are much wisdom invested in out Constitution & in most of our other laws as well. The Ten Commandments are timeless. Millions of Christians & Jews alike live by these laws. There is not only human but also divine wisdom imbedded in them.
We must be careful not to regard God’s commandments as mere civil laws. In relation to God, we Christians see ourselves in a family setting. The wish of a father who cares for his children in not a law in the same sense as a law found in our civil code of laws. We are related to God as a children to a loving father. Remember, in observing laws, we Catholic should be motivated by love. God gave this commandments to help us to Love Him with our heart, mind and body and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Other commandments derive their reason for existence only from the law of love. The spirit behind the Commandments we can find in Rom. 8:15. “You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you receive a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, Abba, Father”.
We will hear the Commandments in the First reading. Notice they are not suggestions or recommendations. They are spoken by one who speaks with authority. Notice that our obligations to God at the top of the list. Is that because God is in need of our worship? No, it is just putting things in perspective. If we value our relationship with God, everything else falls into place. When God is forgotten, then we have no anchor, no ground on which to base our morality, no one to whom we are accountable. We make our own rules, we make ourselves into our own gods.
Fr. Jonas Tandayu, MSC, Pastor