The Ten Commandments
Seven Pages/Seven Days
Day 3 - The Ten Commandments. - Then God spoke all these words:
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or serve them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their ancestors’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but showing love down to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not invoke the name of the LORD, your God, in vain. For the LORD will not leave unpunished anyone who invokes his name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day—keep it holy.Six days you may labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God. You shall not do any work, either you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your work animal, or the resident alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
Honor your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
These commands written, as scripture says by the finger of God. So there is an encounter with God; Moses encounters God and the people fear that they will have an encounter and die. However, our God is one of love and a God who knows our struggles. He sets these commands before His people to free them and not to restrict them. Even the "keep holy the Sabbath" is a command to free the people. The people can go to pharaoh and say, our God has commanded us to worship Him on the Sabbath, please let us be free of our slavery so we may worship our God. God points our areas, circumstances in which we can become enslaved and looks to free us from those situations, whether it be from a pharaoh who has forced us to work or our own disordered desires that enslave our action. As we encounter the freedom of following God we are called to share that freedom, giving knowledge to others of the wonders God has done for us. Fr. Jordan Turano, O.P., Molloy College Chaplain
Saint of the Day: St. PadrePio
Pio of Pietrelcina (Italian: Pio da Pietrelcina) O.F.M. Cap., commonly known as Padre Pio (May 25, 1887 - September 23, 1968), was a friar, priest, stigmatist and mystic of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Padre Pio became famous for bearing the stigmata for most of his life. This condition generated much interest and controversy around him.
Ten Commandments, Thomas Ingmire, Copyright 2002 The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.