Simple Directives

March 11, 2019

In today’s reading from Leviticus, the Ten Commandments are revealed to Moses.

During the Lenten season, we take time to examine what it is God asks of us. When I speak to RCIA or Confirmation groups about those expectations, about Christian morality, I generally focus on three directives we have received.

First, God presented to man, through Moses, the Ten Commandments. With it, we were given the clear do’s and don’ts of morality. Later, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offered the beatitudes. The beatitudes are more philosophical in nature. Whereas the Ten Commandments list actions to avoid, the beatitudes describe the type of people He wants us to be: people who hunger and thirst for justice, people who are pure of heart, peacemakers, etc.

Finally, Jesus was asked, “Which is the greatest commandment?”

Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Love God and love others.


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