18. The Commandments
1. The Ten Commandments
In the gospel we can read about a young man who approached Jesus and asked him: ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ (Mt 19, 16-17) This is the way Jesus has to teach us the way to Heaven. Those who obey the commandments and his will are saved; those who don't, condemned themshelves.
God revealed Moses the ten commandments in the mount Sinai, and carved them in two stone slabs, because they mustn't be forgotten. In the slabs was written:
1º. You shall not have other gods besides me.
2º. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
3º. Remember to keep holy the Lord's day.
4º. Honor your father and your mother.
5º. You shall not kill.
6º. You shall not commit adultery.
7º. You shall not steal.
8º. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9º. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10º. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
These ten commandments are summarized in two: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.'