Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

March 10, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Book of Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9

Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20

Matthew 5:17-19


            The recurring theme in today’s readings are about following commandments and rules.

            The Commandments that Moses shared with his people were the “thou shalt not” kind.  They were also the “don’t do this, you can’t do that, be careful of doing this” kind.   Entering into a covenant with the Lord meant that you would obey these commands, and repent when you didn’t so as to renew the covenant and return into God’s good grace.  Following the commandments of God meant a person could live in the Promised Land (heaven) because he or she had found favor with God and followed His commands. 

            We all remember that when Jesus was pressed by the Pharisees to actually specify which of the commandments Moses had received was the greatest, Jesus stated that love of God and love of neighbor as one loves themselves was the basis of the whole law.  And, equally important, in today’s Gospel narrative Jesus suggests that unless our holiness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, we won’t enter heaven.

            So then what do we make of this?  Rules and commandments are therefore reminders that we should not stray off course if we don’t adhere to God’s plan for us.  We must never misuse god’s gift to us to share our humanness with others and to respect our physical environment.  We fall into sin by failing to remember to put God first, and by not being in harmony with God’s plan.  The “thou shall nots” and other statutes and decrees are reminders of the ways that we might fall short of the great restatement of the commandments that the Lord Jesus presented; to love God and our neighbor.

            Our prayer during this season of Lent is to concentrate on our relationship with God, with our love for Him and for all of His creatures.  To challenge ourselves that when we come out of balance with God’s intentions by the way we live our lives to repent our sins by hearing God’s voice who constantly calls us to be closer to Him.

Question of the Day:  How are the ways you can be an example to others by following His Commandments?

Prayer:  “You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.”  Ps. 16(15):11


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