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 have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. 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, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Jesus tells us in today’s gospel to “mark well the parable of the sower.” Going further, he explains that the person who hears the message of the gospel and takes it to heart receives “a hundredfold.” But how practically do we live this gospel message? I believe today’s passage from the Book of Exodus takes us back to the basics. We find Moses in God’s presence at the top of Mount Sinai. There God gives him the ten commandments which ground our faith-filled response to God and to one another.
Take a moment today to read through this passage from Exodus. Which of God’s commands do I observe well? Which one is a stumbling block for me? Where is the Lord inviting me to grow in my personal observance of these commandments…that I may more effectively sow the seeds of the gospel to those I live with, work with, meet on the streets? And say some words of thanks to our God for the privilege of responding to the Lord’s invitation.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Lord, as I visit the Ten Commandments, open my spirit to your voice. Guide me to be aware of the commandments beckoning me to be more faithful. And in doing so I trust that I will receive “a hundredfold.” —The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!