July 23, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
“I, the LORD am your God, you shall have no other gods besides me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)
NO OTHER GODS: In the first reading from Exodus, God reveals the Ten Commandments to Moses. The first commandment establishes our priority. “I, the LORD am your God, you shall have no other gods besides me.”
The remainder of the commandments flow from that established priority; each subsequent commandment warns us to avoid actions that direct us away from that priority. When we break any of the commandments, we are placing our own desires ahead of God’s will.
Which brings us to the lesson these readings provide for us. How can we apply this message to our daily lives? What does it mean to prioritize God? Isn’t going to Mass and praying enough?
Yes, God wants us to go to Mass. Yes, God wants us to pray. However, are we also mistreating our neighbor? Are we lacking in mercy and compassion? Are we judgmental and intolerant? Do we step over the poor and marginalized in the pursuit of our desires?
If going to Mass and praying are the sole expression of our faith, we have made the decision to place your own needs over God’s will.