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Lent Weekday
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Matthew 5:17-19
God˅s word tells us to listen, observe and to teach His commandments. We are
to remember His faithfulness in our own lives.
In the first reading, Moses tells Israel to listen, observe and to teach
their children and their children˅s children what God has done for them. The les-
sons learned and the decrees given by God were to be observed by Israel. Israel
was to be earnestly on their guard not to forget. God wanted Israel to be an ex-
ample for other nations.
Israel was to be a great nation, made up of wise and intelligent people; people
who were led, by God, from captivity to the Promised Land, a place that God set
aside for them. They were told,
ˈtake care and be earnestly on your guard not to
forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your
memory as long as you live,..
ˉ This is a reminder to not forget what God has
done in our own lives. Do we remember to tell others of God˅s faithfulness? Do
we remember to tell our children? How much have we forgotten?
In the Gospel, Jesus said,
ˈDo not think that I have come to abolish the law or
the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.ˉ
Jesus continues to tell this
to the disciples
ˈBut whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be
called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.ˉ
We are His beloved disciples. Do we
follow those commandments? Do we teach them to our children or to our chil-
dren˅s children? Do we tell others about God˅s faithfulness
in our own lives?
A number of years ago, I listened to a speaker talk about
ˈstones of remembranceˉ. ˈStones of remembranceˉ were
items set aside, as reminders of God˅s faithfulness, during
a difficult time or a happy time. Those items are set aside
so that we ˈREMEMBERˉ what God did during that time. We
are to remember to give thanks to God for His faithfulness.