Third Sunday In Lent

How is your Lent going as we approach the Third Sunday in Lent? This is a good time to make adjustments to your plan so that you can have a successful Lent. Be intentional. Work at it.
Today’s readings are an up in-your-face variety. Let’s briefly look at the reading from Exodus. Moses comes down the mountain and presents to the people the law. When I was a police officer in Colombia, I was very aware and knowledgeable of civil law. That was an important facet of my work. But the law that God handed down to Moses is far more important. The Ten Commandments (Decalogue) “are the ethical and moral principles and behaviors that will form the Israelites into God’s people.“ (Journey through Lent p. 3-1) God made a covenant by which we are still bound. The Mosaic Covenant is one of the major covenants with God.
Our first reading reminds us of just what the law is, ten simple statements. The English word law comes from the Hebrew word Torah which can be translated as instruction or teaching. So these commandments, these teachings are set forth to make our lives easier. To make our society kind and merciful, God sets forth statements which “challenge us (as it says in Journey through p. Lent 3-2) to a life in which there are honor and respect within families and among neighbors, where God is revered and obeyed through attentive listening and humble response.”
Our Psalm 19, written by David (dubbed the Choirmaster or Leader Psalm), extols the law of the Lord as being perfect and a refresher for the soul. In the Ten Commandments we honor God first, then each other. Remember the old Golden Rule? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Let us ask ourselves: What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me in these commandments?
Keep up the good work. God bless you in your efforts to honor Him and each other.

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