3rd Friday of Lent
Now, as we said before, these words (the Ten Commandments) contain both a wrathful threat and a friendly promise, not only to terrify and warn us but also to attract and allure us, so that we will receive and regard God’s Word as seriously as he does. For God declares how important the commandments are to him and how strictly he will watch over them, namely that he will fearfully and terribly punish all who despise and transgress his commandments; and again, how richly he will reward, bless, and bestow all good things on those who prize them and gladly act and live in accordance with them. Thus he demands that all our actions proceed from a heart that fears God, looks to him alone, and because of this fear avoids all that is contrary to his will, lest he be moved to wrath. Conversely, he demands that our actions proceed from a heart that trusts in him alone and for his sake does all that he asks of us, because he reveals himself as a kind father and offers us every grace and blessing.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches other, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-19.
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
Living in a community of faith is one of the ways that we can help one another to keep our Father’s commandments and to remember that although he can be wrathful, he is also a kind father. As parents, we set clear expectations for our children in order to help them to become kind, loving, strong members of society. While our rules may be harsh at times, they are given in love. Similarly, the Lord sets clear expectations for our behavior, with the promise that in return, we will join him in the kingdom of Heaven.
Heavenly Father, we know that you give us endless grace and blessings every day. Help us to remember your promise to us, as we strive to trust in you alone. Let us find peace and love through our community of faith and give us strength as we live our lives in accordance with your commandments. In Your Name we pray, Amen
Put a coin in your bank about everything you worry about today.