This week we’ll talk about honoring those that we love. We’ll learn about the Great Commandment and the first three of the Ten Commandments – these are the Commandments which guide us in our relationship with God. The remaining se en Commandments teach us about how we are conduct ourselves with others.
As an adult Jesus began to teach others. We learn that people were amazed at his teaching because he taught with such authority. The religious leaders of the time called scribes practiced the same faith as Jesus. Were they pleased with Jesus’ teachings and happy to have him around?
One day a scribe asked Jesus a question, he asked which Commandment of the law is greatest? What was Jesus’ response?
How did Jesus’ response sum up all of the Ten Commandments?
Based on your understanding of The Great Commandment what in your opinion is one word which captures Jesus’s core message?
We live out the first commandment – We Love and Honor God above all others
“I am the Lord Your God You Shall not have Strange Gods Before Me”
As we start to think about the meaning of the ten Commandments it’s helpful to think about the world in which Moses and the people of Israel lived. In Israel the people were slaves and were powerless. What did God do for the people of Israel and what was the first thing he did for them in return?
When Moses returned to Mount Sinai the people were impatient and started to turn away from God. What did they create in place of God?
What are some of the “strange gods” that might distract us from loving and honoring God?
What is meant by idolatry and why is it a sin against the First Commandment? Is idolotry really a problem today? Or is that just something that ancient people had to worry about?
How can we live this commandment in a positive way?
Habits of Doing Good – The Theological Virtues
The first three Commandants teach us how to love God. The first Commandment calls us to put God first by believing in Him, hoping in Him and loving Him. We express our connection to God through Faith, Hope and Charity or Love.
We Respect and Honor God’s Name – Living the Second Commandment
To the ancient Jews a name evoked the the character of the individual and so the use of a name, particular God’s name was considered sacred. In fact the Jews were so respectful and reverent that God’s name – “Yaweh” in Hebrew were not spoken – instead hey adopted the term “Lord” when referring to God.
We learn from this Commandment that we are always to speak the name of the Lord with love, reverence and respect. We are also reminded that misused of the Lord’s name is a sin against the Second Commandment. Various misuse and abuse of the Second Commandment include:
- blasphemy: a thought, word or act that makes fun or shows contempt or hatred toward God.
- perjury: making a false oath in God’s name
- cursing: calling on God to do harm to someone
We can live the Second Commandment in a positive way by using God’s name to bless, praise and glorify him and by meditating or praying on God’s name and holding it lovingly in our hearts.
God Wants Us to Rest – Living the Third Commandment – Keep Holy the Sabbath
When God delivered the people from Israel they were slaves, no rest, only work. God did not want his people to be slaves. Instead he wanted them to have time for rest, to enjoy the world he created. Just as God stopped on the seventh day to look at what he created he wanted his people to do do the same… stop, enjoy creation, appreciate what He created, appreciate Him and the beauty of the world and to enjoy each other.
What are some ways that kids and families can observe the Sabbath and actively live this Command? How can you help encourage others to do the same?
Partners in Faith – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati