Recently, I've been reading a great book called "Memorize the Faith." It uses the classic loci method of memorization to help you remember stuff about what we believe as Catholics. It begins with the Ten Commandments, and as I was going through them, I realized something.
We all break the rules. Whether we mean to or not, we all sin against the Commandments of God.
Take a second and think about some of your flaws and weaknesses.
Get angry at people? Number five.
Lust over someone? Número seis. And nine too, actually.
It's not hard to see what sins you commit most, if you take a minute to sit down and think about it. But maybe what you're thinking of really isn't what you struggle with most.
Remember the Ten Commandments? Just in case you don't, here they are again:
- I Am The Lord your God, you shall have no other gods beside me.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Keep holy the Lord's Day.
- Honor your mother and your father.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false works against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
- You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
Look over that list. Which one do you have the most trouble with?
How about the first?
"What? I don't do idol worshippy stuff! What're you talking about?"
You're right. Most of us don't bow to little metal cows in the garage. But that doesn't mean that you don't put other gods before our Lord.
Every time you decide to sleep 15 more minutes instead of getting up and falling on your knees, you make sleep your god for those 15 minutes.
Every Sunday you decide to get stuff done and be productive instead of falling in love and "wasting time with" your Redeemer, you make productivity your god.
Every time you entertain lustful thoughts about someone else, you make your sexual desires your god.
See how it all ties back to that first commandment?
Jesus Himself said, when he was tested, that the greatest commandment is to love God with your whole heart, mind, body and strength.
Do you do that? I know I really don't. I try, sure, but I fail every day. But the thing to focus on isn't that we fail. The thing to focus on is getting up and trying again.
So today just think about that first commandment: who does your life say your god is?
Is it the Lord?
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