Offers food for thought
That union of hearts or ‘my will’ and ‘God’s will’ underlies Jesus’ point in calling us to go beyond the ‘contractual’ or legalistic view of the law. As we become mature in our relationship, we increasingly move beyond following the rules and instead develop a stable commitment to the covenant. This fundamental option / orientation toward God causes us to desire to be authentically reliable and honest, a person of integrity who can be trusted. Yes and No, mean Yes and No.
Today we are clearly reminded of our nature and freedom. That, in the exercise of our freedom we ought to choose according to the wisdom of God who created us. "Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him." "If you choose, you can keep the commandments; they will save you." We are free to choose which thoughts and actions we will commit to, godly ones, or selfish ones. Jesus wants us to choose life, a fulfilling life here on earth and eternal life with him in Heaven, by choosing to reject everything that goes against natural and divine law.
With freedom comes responsibility. We always have to “own” what we have done and what we have failed to do, which is why we make a Penitential Act at the start of every celebration of the Eucharist. After making our choices, we also need to reflect on whether or not they were good choices, weighing their merits according to Christ.
Part of the process of growing in holiness toward the perfection for which we were made, is learning from our mistakes and sins. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit want to help us choose well and choose life.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church unpacks all the moral implications of each of the Ten Commandments in the Second Section of Part III (Life in Christ).
The Encyclical Letter VERITATIS SPLENDOR (Splendor of Truth), which was given by Pope Saint John Paul II to all the Bishops of the Catholic Church, focuses on important fundamental questions of the Church's moral teachings.
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.