August 9, 2022     3:40 pm
209. Week of Second Sunday after Trinity - Friday
You shall not covet
          You shall not covet your neighbour's house. - You shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbour's.   Exodus 20:17
          This is God's Ninth and Tenth Commandment. These two commandments are alike as to their meaning. And yet they are two distinct commandments, as indicated by the hyphen in the Hebrew text. God would impress upon us that He regards not only the outward deed, but also the desire of the heart. "You shall not covet." (Rom. 13:9). This is what God wants us to understand. And it is so hard for us to understand. We refuse to consider evil lust as sin. We think that as long as we refrain from the outward act, all is well. But God does not want an unclean heart. "You shall be holy," says He. (Lev. 19:2). We are not to desire anything, not to covet anything greedily, not to hanker after anything nor endeavour to get into our possession, even though it be with a show of right, whatever is our neighbour's. To do so is against the divine law of love. Just as God enjoins love, so He forbids evil lust. Both dwell within the heart. God wants our heart to be holy. Instead of coveting what is our neighbour's, we should heartily desire that he may keep what is his, and also assist him in this. "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others," in kind and thoughtful consideration (Phil. 2:4). "The love of money is the root of all evil." (1 Tim. 6:10). "Envy is the rottenness of the bones." (Prov. 14:30). Greed and envy are an abomination to the Lord, and roots of sin, and vicious and prolific seeds of evil. Read James 1:14-15. Who can stand before these commandments?
          PRAYER: - My God, I am full of evil lust and most unclean. Evil roots of sin sprout up within my heart, unholy desires are as rottenness in my bones. Be gracious to me O God, be gracious to me for Jesus' sake! Hide Your face from my sins; impute to me the righteousness of Your dear Son! Give to me the divine power of Your Holy Spirit; create and sustain a new spirit within me, that I may serve You in the new mind according to Your commandment. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     3:40 pm