These days, I think most of us like to focus on possibilities and entitlements. Commandments aren’t fashionable. And, yet, there it is. If we are going to make disciples, we need to teach commandments. If we ourselves are to follow Jesus, we are to obey commandments. Obey? Yikes!
But what are the commandments of Jesus? You can find various lists online. They certainly include the commandment to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbors. There are many more. We are to forgive others. We are to repeat Jesus’ last meal by celebrating Holy Eucharist. We are not to store up treasures on earth. We are to love our enemies.
These are not easy–impossible even–to obey all the time. As we say in our baptismal covenant, we do these things with God’s help. As Sunday’s Gospel reminds us, God abides with us always, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Which of Jesus’ commandments come easily to you? Which ones are challenging?
Let us commit afresh to following Christ’s commandments. In obedience, there is great joy.