And God Spoke All These Words
Read Exodus 20:1-17
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Exodus 20:2
Reflection: This is a well-known passage because it introduces the ten commandments, which is God’s law for mankind. We can go down the list one by one and read what we should and should not do. It’s pretty clear and direct. However, what God intended was not just that we pay attention to the letter of his law, but the spirit of his law. Not just what he said, but what he meant. What is God telling us about the values within the commandments? We see later on in the New Testament that Jesus himself gives us the insight we need. He tells us to love God the Father above all and to love our neighbor as ourselves. All the Ten Commandants are rooted in these two “New” Commandments. The values of Humility, Respect and the greatest value of all, Love, are part of not just who we are but how we should treat one other. At the beginning of the verse, before the Ten Commandments are even laid out, God declares himself: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” In saying this he was not just talking about a place but a condition: a condition of oppression.
Today, we do well to take heed of what God continues to tell us through the spirit of his law. Our brothers and sisters in the fast food industry, who are in their own state of oppression, are seeking a type of liberation. The Fast from Fast Food helps us to join into greater communion with them by offering up our sacrifice and prayer. This is just one way in which we can show the greatest value of all, our Love. Love for workers but also for those oppressing them. Fasting can move mountains and break the chains that bind us from reaching the divine within each of us. Let us follow our Lord’s most important commandment of Love in spirit and action as we Fast and Pray throughout this Lenten season.
By Rudy López, IWJ Executive Director
Prayer: Lord, we give you all glory, honor and praise. Allow our hearts and minds to be filled with both the letter and spirit of your law. We offer up today’s sacrifice and prayer for those who have drifted away for your greatest commandment, which is to Love. We humbly pray that they find their way back to you Lord and in doing so, extend their Love for the sake of others. Amen