Sunday Feb 12, 2017
Sirach 15:15-16, If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;
Before man are life and death, good and evil. Whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Psalm 119 tells us, Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
These verses are from today’s bible readings, February 12, 2017; the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In Judeo Christian Religion, there is little else needed to achieve salvation when you die. This is by appearances a simple way to heaven. In case you don’t recall or have not heard the following are the ten commandments of the Catholic Church. Non-Catholics have the same or almost the same.
1. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have other gods before me
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
3. Keep Holy the Sabbath
4. Honor your Father and Mother
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
There it is. That is all you must do. Right? Well maybe not. Let us look at these commandments in more detail. Commandments 1, 2 and 3 are the most important. They are about loving God. They command us to put God before all others, even our spouses and children. The first puts God before false gods including money, fame and self. The second tells us never to mock God by using his name for other than prayer or respectful comment. The third commandment tells us to worship and adore him at least once every week. Commandments 4 thru 10 are about loving others starting with your parents, loving your family and having respect for authority. It should be easier to follow the last six but it may not be. Basically, those put into words ways we should love others as we love ourselves.
Today’s Readings, From the old testament, the psalms and the Gospel hit home in a nutshell, how we need to live in order to go to heaven when we leave this world. I dare say, it is about something we all know how to do even if we are not believers. This is an example of why we go to church. We are given a reminder each week and throughout the year what God wants from us. For me personally. I need this reminder because I am not perfect. I know that the next time I go to church, Catholic Mass, I will get another reminder that my life is finite and not perfect. Will you be at your church service soon? Do you need a weekly reminder that you are not perfect? I believe that God wants us always to be with Him and we will be rewarded in this life as well as the next life if we try to obey his commandments.