If we reflect on the relationship we had with our parents when we were a child, we may well remember how being obedient was not always easy. The resistance to obedience is universally experienced by every human being. Where did it originate from? We only know it by Divine Revelation. After the Original Sins of pride and disobedience of Adam and Eve, a fundamental disorder plagued human nature and man became doomed to die.
God in His fatherly love gave Moses the Ten Commandments to help us reorder our life so that we could live in communion with Him and with one another. Yet, as the numerous stories of the Bible show, even the chosen people of Israel resisted God’s will; they often fell into grave disobedience with its subsequent consequences.
In the First Reading, we hear: “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live;” (Eccl.15)
Thus, obedience leads to life and communion with God, disobedience leads to death andseparation from Him.
The Psalm stresses the importance of the Beatitudes for those who live in obedience.
“Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Blessed are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who observe his decrees, who seek him with all their heart.” (Ps.118)
If the First Covenant already promises Blessings for those who obey God’s Commandments, what is new in what Jesus offers? In the Gospel we hear Jesus say to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” (Mt 5)
Thus, Jesus demands from us not only to go to Mass every Sunday, day of the Resurrection, but to love one another with His charity. The reward is revealed by St Paul in the 2nd Reading:
“What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” ((1 Cor.2)
“Jesus, change my often too human way of looking at people so that I can look at them as you look at them”.