Most of us can recite the ten commandments from memory. They are as imprinted in our minds as they were first chiseled in stone on the tablets given to Moses. Today we hear them in their Biblical context when the people were freed from the bondage of slavery. These commandments are vital for us today so that we can live our lives freed from the slavery of sin.
The ten commandments provide a path of life for us. They provide instruction and guidance regarding our love of God and neighbor. In the psalm we acclaim them as “words of everlasting life.”
As a prayerful Lenten exercise, take your Bible and go to Exodus 20, the source of today’s first reading. Read the ten commandments and think about them with this question in mind: How is God calling me to grow in love of God and neighbor?