We all know the ten commandments given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. Well … at least we know most of them. The commandments given to Moses were intended to give structure to the morals of the people of Israel. They acted as guideposts to ensure that each son or daughter of Israel would know that which was prohibited and that which was permissible.
In today’s gospel passage from John, Jesus indicates that we show that we love him by observing his commandments.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
“Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.
What are the commandments of Jesus? That we love God with all of our heart and soul and strength, and that we love one another as Jesus loves us. How did he teach us these commandments? By laying down his life for us, his friends. His commandments are not simply statements of what we may not do, but rather are statements of what we must do to show the Lord that we love and believe in him.
Follow the commandments of Jesus and you will be on the path that leads to life eternal.