In our legalistic society, we usually think of laws as existing for their own sake, rather than something else–certainly not for a personal relationship. But the Ten Commandments (and the whole moral law) flows out of the relationship that God had with Moses, and is a guide to the Israelites for how to share in that relationship. The Commandments even begin with a reminder of the relationship that God has with Israel, of how God loved Israel and them from slavery. The moral life is not some set of cold and universal duties that we follow for duty’s sake. It is a concrete set of guidelines for how to live out a concrete relationship with God in love. Let us accept this gift in the right state of mind, and use the moral law to help us cultivate that relationship with God where we, too, speak with God face to face, as one friend to another.
David Paternostro, S.J.
from The Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality
July 28, 2015