When you have done all you have been commanded, say, “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” A command tends to come down to us from a person who is in charge, responsible or in control. And although it may be informative, instructional or even necessary, the fact that it comes from a higher up, superior or manager who may have the right to do so, it still feels authoritative in nature and we just don’t like to be told what to do. So often, a command although helpful, is rarely welcomed or appreciated. We just don’t like to be looked down upon, or commanded to do anything. Well, how about if God was the one who was commanding us? Doesn’t he have the right to tell us what to do? Weren’t we made, fashioned and created in his image and likeness? Aren’t we his beloved, obedient children who are dependent on him for everything? Didn’t he save us by the Blood of the Cross and ransom us from Sin and Satan and Slavery? Doesn’t God have the right and the authority and the wisdom, power and glory to tell us what we can and cannot do, what we should or should not do? I love God’s commands. He simply commands us to love. To love him with our whole being, our entire interiority, our complete and total self. That’s not a bad thing. It’s an amazing, incredible, gracious gift from God. It’s the best thing ever. He simply is asking us to be who we are, who we are created to be, who we are meant to be. Love of God and love of each other. What a blessing and beautiful command. To be free, to be loved, to be you. Other people command us to be who they want us to be, to do what they command us to do. It’s mostly for them although it may benefit us. God’s commands are always for us, they always benefit us. The Commandments are made to keep us with God, to assure us of his peace, to keep us in his good graces and keep us in his Holy Presence. That is the best and greatest good. If God’s command or commandments seem harsh or a burden or impossible to fulfill then you need to really exam the thing that is opposing your true happiness, or the person keeping you from the greatest good or the reason you are choosing something that is temporary over someone who is eternal. Can that person save you? Can that thing give you life eternal? Could you ever really be truly happy without God in your life and his commandment of love?
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time