Obeying God’s Commands

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent
[239] Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Matthew 5:17-19

The readings today talk about the laws of the Lord.  The first reading and the Gospel both share about how it is important for the Israelites to follow these commandments because they are straight from God.  Moses is the one that we hear from in the first reading talking about these laws and how they are important to our daily lives.  These laws that were given to Moses were for the reason that the people be able to live in the land that the Lord had given them.  Also, Moses mentions that these laws will give the people wisdom and favor in Heaven.

The Gospel continues on with the theme of the commandments except this time Jesus is talking to his disciples.  Jesus is explaining to the disciples that he did not come down to earth to abolish laws but to fulfill the laws of the prophets.  Jesus then explains that whoever breaks the least of these laws will be looked upon as the least in the Kingdom of Heaven.  He then says that whoever obeys these laws and teaches them to others they will be looked highly upon in Heaven.

The task for us during this Lenten season is to take what Moses and Jesus tells us and look within ourselves and find where we may not be obeying God’s commands.  Have we heard God’s call and ignored it because we were “too busy at that time”?  Was there a moment in the day when we could have helped someone other than ourselves but chose not to?  These are just two of many questions that you can ask ourselves.  Take some time now and reflect on where you have not obeyed God’s commands.

Taylor Baca is a sophomore Music major;  a vocalist who sings tenor. He also plays piano, guitar and organ and is a member of Coro Santa Maria and the Opera Workshop. He is an active member of St. Mary’s Chapel Choir.  As a student minister in University Ministry he assists with Taize Prayer, Bibles and Brews, and many other activities. He is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.


About bhalderman

A Marianist brother who works as the University Minister for Social Justice and as adjunct faculty in the department of Sociology at St. Mary's University. Brian holds a Masters in Social Work and a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies.

Posted on March 30, 2011, in Lenten Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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