Wednesday, February 20, 2013

LENT: THE FIRST COMMANDMENT



On Wednesdays during Lent, let us focus on the 10 Commandments and how they apply to us in the 21st century. The 10 Commandments provided a foundation for a lot of Western Society. But how often do you think about these Commandments? The First Commandment, "I am the LORD your God, You shall have no other gods before me", is the most fundamental Commandment of them all. Why? Because everything will flow from what you worship.

In this video, Fr. Robert Barron asks the question, "Who or what do you worship?" Even if you are Christian, do you put other 'gods' before Our Lord? Listen to this commentary for more.

Examination of Conscience for the First Commandment

“I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before Me.” (Ex 20:2,3)

Have I really loved God above all things or have I put other things — work, money, drugs, TV, fame, pleasure, other people — ahead of Him?
Have I made time for God each day in prayer?
Have I denied my faith in God or endangered it by practices of the occult or through reading or programs that are opposed to faith and morals?
Am I whole-hearted in accepting and following God’s teaching or do I only pick and choose the convenient parts of His message? Have I tried to learn and understand my faith better?
Have I denied my faith before others? Have I been willing to affirm, defend and practice my faith in public and not just in private?
Did I despair of or presume on God's mercy?

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