Read Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19 and Matthew 13:18-23

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul … the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. (Psalm 19:7-8)

Have you been lost in a strange land before? Imagine you are lost and you need to get to a particular location within a certain time frame, then you try asking people for directions but no one understands English. Under this circumstance, how would you feel when you suddenly stumble upon a map? I bet you would jump up and down in joy and quickly apply yourself to the directions.

Like one lost in a strange land, the Israelites were really lost when they found themselves in the middle of nowhere in the desert. When God gave these commandments, he actually provided a map; a map towards achieving wisdom, joy, enlightenment, and long life.

Our Responsorial Psalm today sings: “The law of the Lord is perfect, REFRESHING THE SOUL; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving WISDOM TO THE SIMPLE. The precepts of the Lord are right, REJOICING THE HEART; the command of the LORD is clear, ENLIGHTENING THE EYE… They are MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, than a heap of purest gold.

If the keeping of God’s commandments holds the key to happiness, wisdom, and wealth, how else can we find these things when we ignore God’s commandments? How else can we find our way when we ignore the map provided by God Himself?

Many in our world today do not care about these commandments. They are like seeds planted along the path. Some people are so eager to receive these commandments but in the face of temptation (and trials), they quickly push them aside. They are like seeds planted on rock.

Some others love to keep the commandments but they also want to pursue material things. Their love for riches overshadows their love for God. They are the seeds that are planted among thorns. Finally, there are some who receive God’s commandments and allow these commandments to guide their lives. They are seeds planted on very rich soils.

Now, let us ask ourselves: “Where do I belong?”

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, impart in me the grace to value and obey your commands. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Friday of week 16 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19 and Matthew 13:18-23).