Lent day 5: Commands

Gospel of the day: Matthew 25:31-46

In the Bible, God gives us a lot of commands. There are the Ten Commandments (easy enough to remember), the Corporal Works of Mercy, the Spiritual Works of Mercy, and so many more.

In today’s gospel, we hear about the Corporal Works. When Jesus proclaimed the Coming of the Kingdom at the Sermon on the Mount, He wasn’t expressing what may happen, or suggestions on how to live a life like Him, but rather, He was giving us a manual. These should not be considered”rules”, but rather a lifeline to eternity.

It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.” -Saint Ignatius

When we think of all the commands in the bible- here are a few for example- do we think of these commands as positive and thank God for teaching us how to grow closer to Him, or do we thing negatively towards these commands as it is hard to live life as a Christian in today’s secular society?  God commands us to:

Follow [Him]: “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19)

Love Your Enemies: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he make his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?” (Matthew 5:44–46)

Honor Your Parents: “For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, he that curse his father or mother, let him die the death” (Matthew 15:4)

Make Disciples: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations . . . teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19–20).

These are just a few of the many commands God gives us. When you reflect upon your life, how have you lived up to God’s commands? Where have you fallen short? It is these types of questions we should be asking ourselves many times throughout the day, day after day.

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” – John 14:15

It’s hard to think that if God is so merciful, there is no need to follow his commands because He will forgive you anyways.But in the bible, it explicitly states in Deuteronomy 28:15, “If you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you.”

This isn’t to say that God isn’t merciful, it is just to say that His mercy is shown in Him clearly stating how to live a holy and righteous life. Imagine if he just put us here and expected us to get to Heaven without ANY help? Well….to say the least…we wouldn’t make it.

God’s mercy is endless and His commands are just another form of that mercy.

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