Read Exodus 20:1-17, Ps. 19:8-11, 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 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 lost when they found themselves in the middle of nowhere in the desert. When God gave these commandments, he provided 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 keeping 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 eager to receive these commandments but quickly push them aside in the face of temptation (and trials). They are like seeds planted on a rock.

Others love to keep the commandments but 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, some 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: Almighty ever-living God, impart the grace to value and obey your commands in me. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Friday of week 16 in Ordinary Time, Liturgical Colour: Green. Bible Study: Exodus 20:1-17, Ps. 19:8-11, Matthew 13:18-23).

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu