"In those days: God delivered all these commandments..."
We have, no doubt, heard the ten commandments countless times, but can we ever learn something new from them? Of course! Today, as I was reading them in our first reading, I was thinking about how these commandments, not only aid us in our relationship with God, but are just, plain, wise rules for living. If we did not believe in God at all, these guidelines would allow us to live a worthwhile and good life with others. They are really good rules to live by! But, as Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, points out in her reflection in Give Us This Day, the ten commandments reflect God's commitment to keeping us safe and cared for, too. They don't just monitor our behavior. I remember Fr. Caleb's homily on this very topic. He spoke of crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and looking at the supports holding the bridge in place. He recalled being so grateful that they looked so sturdy and he felt more secure as he crossed. He related the commandments to those supports and how grateful we should be that they are sturdy guidelines to support us through our lives--our crossings. Today, let's be mindful of our words and actions...do we need to improve? We have a Sabbath coming up in a couple of days...could we use it more restfully? Let's rejoice in the sturdy commandments that keep us on the path! Blessings on your weekend! Love, heidi