Scripture: 1st Reading: Ex20,1-17; Resp. Psalm: Ps19,8-11; Gosp. Accl.: Lk8,15; Gospel: Mt13,18-23
Yahweh gave the law to Moses to give to the whole congregation of Israel. The law was meant to cement the relationship of love between Yahweh and His chosen people. It was also to order the relationship between the people themselves.
In the Law, Yahweh emphasized that He is supreme in heaven and on earth and that He is a jealous God and visits iniquity of the father upon the children. No one can worship Him and something else. He demands total faithfulness. His name is holy and must not be called in vain. His day, the day set apart for His worship must be kept holy.
The other commandments regulate the relationship between human beings called to serve Him. We are commanded to honour our parents; we must not kill, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness, covet our neighbour's good or wife or property. The law of Yahweh were intended to lead the people to their God, to make them truly His own people and nation, to separate them from among the peoples who live on the face of the earth.
The law of Yahweh is therefore perfect and it revives the soul. The law of Yahweh gladdens the heart and gives light to the eyes. When we understand the law in this way and hold fast to what the law commands, we bring forth good fruit. Then we will be seen as the seed that bears good fruit that our Lord referred to in today's explanation of His parable of the Sower. If we strive to do what the word commands and live by it, then the Evil One will not snatch our hearts from the One who bought us at so great a price.
Let us therefore pay attention to the law of God. Let us be good seeds that are planted in good soil that bear fruits for the kingdom. Let us allow the word to be the rule of our lives. Let us allow it to dictate the pace and be the foundation of our engagement and relationship with God. Let us take the word with urgency and immediacy, that God is the One talking to us and commanding our obedience here and now.
Let us pray: God our heavenly Father, you gave the law to Moses for the good of your people. Give us listening ears and obedient hearts to do your will as expressed in your law and in your holy word. Strengthen us to abandon our former ways and embrace the new life you are offering to us. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.