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Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter
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Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
God’s Commandments. Far too many of us take the ingeniousness of God’s Ten Commandments for granted. I think it’s because we truly believe we would have come up with them on our own. After all, they make perfect sense, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, because they fit in well with our human nature. No, because our human nature – even to this day – actively rebels against them.
The World’s Commandments. Based on what I have seen and heard (from facebook, twitter, friends, family, kids and parents), if I had to replace the God’s Commandments with something even more fashionable or “modern,” I would have to start with the following:
1st Commandment: I’m Special. Of course you’re important, just like everyone else, right? But unfortunately, “I’m Important” often means that others are not.
Professor Jean Twenge, of San Diego State University, thinks “kids are self-centered enough” and don’t need to hear (over and over again) how “special” they are. His study found an alarming rise in narcissism and self-centeredness among college students. They really think they’re more special than others. Hence, they’re more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at greater risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors. In other words, a growing number of young adults tend to lack patience and empathy towards others, and react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others.
2nd Commandment: It’s more important to look good than to be good. Of course no one will admit this, but we all believe it. Let’s face it. We spend more time training our body than our soul; more time examining our face than our conscious; and more time selecting our clothes than selecting our choices. This commandment leads to only one thing: PTPLO (People Treating People Like Objects).
3rd Commandment: Be Nice. Be Tolerant. Every time I hear people say that Christians or Americans need to be more tolerant of others, I think of a simmering pot, not a melting pot. Let’s not fool ourselves. A tolerant society is a simmering society, and if we are not careful, then, given the right (or ripe) conditions, it will blow up in our faces.
A revolution is in the making. I can sense it. To avoid it we must love our neighbor, not tolerate them, which means we must do what is right and always avoid evil.
I could go on and on, but I think I have made my point.
Only One God and only His Commandments. The temptation is strong to look for someone other than God, to be one’s own god or to turn others into gods. It all comes from our ancestors bad behavior and lack of understanding.
In the city of Lystra, Barnabas and Paul preached the Good News and cured many of the ill (cf. Acts 14:5-18). The folks there were so impressed by their words and actions that they began to call Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes.” Shocked out of their minds, the Apostles tore their garments and brought the people back to their senses. How fortunate of them. Throughout history, many charismatic men would have risked death to get what Paul and Barnabas were handed.
If you wish to be great, then be meek and humble of heart.
Be mindful of the Lord and all His commandments. (142)
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