by Barbara Hickey, Notre Dame Associate
The focus for today’s readings in Sirach 15:15-20 and in Matthew 5:17-37 is the commandments given by God. Most of us have learned The Ten Commandments from our catechisms in grade school. In my school, first thing after Mass every morning through the elementary school experience, it was Catechism class and that class gave us all a solid background for our faith journey.
In Matthew 5:17-37 Jesus says whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Sounds simple, but being humans it is probably the hardest thing we have to do. It is very hard to be pleasant to some people, to like others, to not get angry or upset with our family or friends, and the list goes on and on.
We have a choice to keep or not keep the commandments. God gave us all free will. Why don’t we use that free will to follow the Ten Commandments? Won’t it be wonderful for us to be “great” in heaven?