A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

The Commandments

In today’s first reading (Exodus 20:1-17), we have the Ten Commandments: resented by some who see it simply as a list of prohibitions - limitations on one’s freedom and fun.

Believers, on the other hand, see God’s commandments not as limitations on freedom, but as making freedom truly possible and fully fruitful; not as warnings against fun, but as gateways to endless happiness.

Today’s Responsorial Psalm (from Psalm 19) expresses this reality in a wonderful way:

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.


Blessed be God!

(from an earlier post)