Return to God’s word. Allow it to transform you. Notice how your faith is being deepened and your way of life motivated.
As we return to our scripture text, Exodus 20:1-17 for the final time, I am still drawn to the opening portions of the passage:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery… …I am the Lord your God… showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
I am struck with the love of God. God brings us out of slavery and shows us steadfast love. The Ten Commandments can seem to be a list of prohibitions that inhibit our enjoyment of life. But after praying through the movements of visio divina, I find that God gives us these commandments out of love. God knows that these things will lead us to true happiness.
As I continue through the journey of lent, I plan to spend some extra time examining my life in relation to these Ten Commandments. Where are my strengths? Where are my weaknesses? In the end, I know that I need to evaluate my life upon the question of whether my actions enslave or set free.
Everyone’s gifts and personalities are different, but the Ten Commandments can serve as a sure moral, spiritual, and social compass. How will seek to become more Christ-like?
Chase M. Becker
©Ten Commandments, Donald Jackson 2003 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved