The 10 Commandments. God gave the people of Israel the 10 Commandments. There are rules for living well together. Living well
together can be difficult sometimes. God shows you how it’s done: that’s what the
Commandments are for, so that we are free to do good. God’s Commandments are as helpful as the rules of a game. Just as you can only play football well when you know the rules, there are rules in life you need to know: one who is greedy or lies, cheats or doesn’t play fair, who steals, or bullies others, commits bad fouls. Terror, oppression, exploitation, robbery and murder are terrible crimes. They destroy the world. They are worse than anything that leads to a sending off in football. Especially the poor and weak suffer from that. God’s
Commandments protect them. And sometimes the Commandments protect you from yourself too. “What is good has been explained to you; that is what the Lord asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God” (Mi 6:8). Finally , the Vatican II Council gives us this prayer: “We stand before you, Holy Spirit. Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts. Give us light and strength to know Your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives. Guide us by Your wisdom, support us by Your power, do not
allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favour. Unite us to Yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true”. Amen.
Brought to you by the Diocesan Pastoral Council.