TEN COMMANDMENTS / TEN EXCEPTIONS – A Worldly Assault on the God’s Divine Law

Homily – 3rd Sunday of Lent – B
Exodus 20:1-17
(Deuteronomy 5:6-21)

How does thee world cleverly draw us away from faithfully obeying the Ten Commandments and how does St. Joseph serve as a model of perfect adherence to them?

Fr. Bill talks about the Ten Commandments of God’s Law, what “Commandments” are imposed upon us by the secular world, and how the world draws us away from faithfully living the Ten Commandments by cleverly weaving a series of “exceptions” to the Commandments themselves that may be more familiar, and startling than we realize.

ONE COMMANDMENT or TWO – “You Shall Not Covet…”

The Ten Commandments – Video #20
“You Shall Not Covet…”

There are two traditions regarding the Commandment, “You Shall Not Covet”. One is contained in a single 10th Commandment, the other splits it into the 9th and 10th of the Ten Commandments.

Which tradition is the correct one?

Fr. Bill talks about how these two traditions came about, including the origin of both traditions.

EUTHANASIA: MURDERING THE SICK – The 5th Commandment, pt. 3

“You Shall Not Kill”

Many refer to Euthanasia as “Mercy Killing”, “Death with Dignity” asserting a person’s “‘Right’ to Die”.

Fr. Bill discusses how Euthanasia is actually a grave offense against the Ten Commandments, a violation of Human Dignity, which may deprive the sick of the greatest blessing they may be receiving within their own lifetime.

SUICIDE: MURDERING THE SELF – The 5th Commandment, pt. 2

“You Shall Not Kill”

How does Suicide violate the 5th Commandment, “Thou Shall Not Kill”? What is Christianity’s response to the act of Killing Ones-self?

Fr. Bill discusses the very sensitive topic of Suicide and its relation to the Ten Commandments, as well as how the Catholic Church intervenes for the souls of those who have taken their own lives.

KILLING: A Simple Definition – The 5th Commandment, pt. 1

“You Shall Not Kill”

There is more to the 5th Commandment than simply “killing”. Fr. Bill discusses the essence of the Commandment and the criteria in determining a violation – criteria that has ramifications for some very hot-button social issues for Modern Social Conscience.

PASSING ON THE FAITH – The 4th Commandment, pt. 2

“Honor Your Father and Your Mother that you may have a long life in the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you.”

The 4th Commandment – “Honor Your Father and Your Mother” – entails more than simply “being nice” to one’s parents. In the most ideal circumstances it has ramifications for the survival of the faith from one generation to the next.

“HONOR” not “LOVE” – the 4th Commandment

Video #7 – The Ten Commandments
“Honor your Father and Your Mother”

Fr. Bill discusses the 4th Commandment – “Honor your Father and you Mother…” – in light of the importance of the role of parents in the upbringing of children, the maintenance of the Family and the survival of civilization.

A CALL TO FREEDOM – The 3rd Commandment

“Keep Holy the Sabbath [Lord’s] Day”

The 3rd Commandment is more than just a call to rest. Fr. Bill discusses how the Commandment ties into the Hebrew experience of Exodus and our Christian call to celebrate both Creation and the Resurrection.

MORE THAN JUST CUSSING – The 2nd Commandment

“You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God in vain…”

Jesus declares Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to be the one Unforgivable Sin and God declared that Taking the Lord’s name in Vain would NOT go unpunished.

Fr. Bill discusses both the Second Commandment and the Words of Jesus and how they are violated today when people “take the Lord’s Name in vain”.

NOT SEEING IS BELIEVING – The 1st Commandment, pt 3

“You Shall not make unto me a graven image…”

What constitutes “a graven image”?

Fr. Bill discusses the third part of the First of the Ten Commandments, and how making God into a “graven image” is still as relevant today as it was to the Hebrew People.