Pope: Ten Commandments our path to God

The Decalogue brings us back to Mount Sinai, when God enters in particular into the history of the Jewish people, and through this people, the history of all humanity, gifting them the “Ten Words” that express His will, and which are a kind of “ethical code ” to build a society in which the relationship of covenant with God, Holy and Just, enlightens and guides the relationships between peoples. And Jesus comes to fulfill these words, raising them and summarizing them in the double commandment of love: ” You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…You shall love your neighbor as yourself. “(cf. Mt 22:37-40). But let us ask ourselves: what meaning do these Ten Commandments have for us, in the cultural context in which secularism and relativism risk becoming the criteria of every choice and this society of ours that seems to live as if God did not exist? We answer that God gifted us the commandments to educate us to true freedom and true love, so that we can be truly happy. They are a sign of the love of God the Father, of his desire to teach us the correct discernment of good from evil, truth from falsehood, of right from wrong. They are understandable to all, because they set fundamental values ​​in concrete rules and regulations, by putting them into practice man can walk the path of true freedom, safe on the path that leads to life and happiness. In contrast, when man lives ignoring the commandments, not only does he alienate himself from God and abandon the alliance with Him, but he also distances himself from life and lasting happiness. Man left to himself, indifferent to God, proud of his absolute autonomy, eventually ends up following the idols of selfishness, power, domination, polluting the relationship with himself and with others and taking paths that do not lead to life, but death. The sad experience of history, especially of the last century, are a warning to all humanity.

“When Love gives meaning to your life …”. Jesus brings to fulfillment the path of the Commandments with his Cross and Resurrection; he radically overcomes selfishness, sin and death, with the gift of Himself for love. Only by welcoming the infinite love of God, by trusting Him, by following the path that He has laid down, can we give deeper meaning to life and open up a future of hope.



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