Exodus 20: **
In those days: God delivered all these commandments: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. ***You shall not have other gods besides me. ***You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the writers beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their fathers’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain… Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day… No work may be done then… In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord has blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Honor your father and mother… You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house… or wife or male or female salve… nor his ox… nor anything else that belongs to him.
**St Mt 13:18-23: **
Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one [Satan] comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thrones is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
*God tells us specifically what we are to do and not do. Again He tells us through Moses that we are to love Him above all else (even when we don’t agree with Him :D).
In the gospel Jesus tells us that (implies that) it is not so easy to stick with God’s words because of all the distractions around us… Rich soil… I believe suffering is a “rich soil” in that it tends to cause us to realize that we need more than what this world has to offer… *
**2 Cor 4:7-15: **
Brothers and Sisters: ***We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way not but constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh… ***
St Mt 20:20-28:
The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons [and asked] him for something. She [said] “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said… “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father”… Jesus… said: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave…”
In Saturday’s gospel Jesus tells us we are not to ambitious to have power over others…*