The First Commandment -You shall adore the true God and Him alone: Commentary by Sr. Lucia of Fatima

by admin on August 29, 2011

« You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for your­self a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God» (Deut 5, 7-9)

Already, in the second Call of the Message of Fatima, we spoke of the adoration which we give to God. We will now look at the reasons why God com­mands us to adore Him only. Does God need our adoration? Certainly not! God is infinitely happy in Himself. He does not need anyone or anything; He already has in Himself all that is good, and all that exists belongs to Him, since He created it. He can freely dispose of everything without any possible opposition. Why, then, does He require us to adore Him only?

The reason for giving us such a command is that He is the one living and true God, eternal and worthy of being adored; He is the only God capable of accepting our adoration and rewarding it.

This commandment is an order inspired by love. God has commanded us to adore Him only, so that we may not turn to adoring false gods – gods which in reality are nothing, of no value, and can do nothing for us.

I call it also the precept of love, since our adoration should be the result of our love of God, and of our gratitude, because He loved us first: He loved us with an everlasting love and it was because of that love that He created us, surrounded us with so many benefits in the order of nature and in the order of grace, and destined us for eternal life where we will share in all his gifts.

The observance of this commandment brings us close to God; through it we will find mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Sacred Scripture tells us that, when Moses went up to Mount Sinai to receive from God the laws that were to govern his people, they, who mean­while had remained at the foot of the mountain, made a golden calf and began to adore it. Seeing this, God complained to Moses, saying: «Go down; for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'” (…) And Moses turned, and went down from the mountain with the two tables of the testimony in his hands, tables that were written on both sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God graven upon the tables (…) And as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tables out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it upon the water, and made the people of Israel drink it» (Ex 32, 7-8.19-20)

«On the morrow Moses said to the people, ” You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people have sinned a great sin (…) But now if thou wilt forgive their sin — and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. ” But the Lord said to Moses, “Who­ever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. But now go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you» (Ex 32, 30-34)

«Moses said to the Lord, “See, thou sayest to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me (…) The Lord said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Moses said, “If thy presence will not go with me, do not carry us up from here. (…) I pray thee, show me thy glory. “And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord’ and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. “» (Ex 33, 12-16;18-19).

«.And the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. (…) And Moses made haste to bow his head toward the earth, and worshipped. And he said, “If now I have found favour in thy sight, O Lord, let the Lord, I pray thee, go in the midst of us, although it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thy inheritance”.* (Ex 34, 5;8-9)

These events show us how Moses, with the love he had for God and his neighbour, with his humble prayer and adoration, obtained pardon for the people, reconciling them with God from whom they had turned away by the sin of idolatry.

By divine choice, we are the successors of this people of God, as Jesus Christ shows us in the parable of the Good Shepherd: «I am the good shep­herd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (…) And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.* (Jn 10, 11.16)

I have no doubt that these sheep which the divine Saviour came to gather and lead to his sheepfold are all the people who have heard his voice and followed Him. Therefore, I believe we must consider as addressed to us, the words spoken by Moses to the Israelites:  Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it; yet the Lord set his heart in love upon your fathers and chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as at this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. (…) You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve him and cleave to him* (Dt 10, 14-17;20).

As Moses tells us here, we hold fast to God, Him only we adore, Him only we serve and love, because our adoration is the result of a love which believes, hopes, trusts and loves, giving itself in complete surrender to the loved One, who is God.

“Lord, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You”.

Ave Maria!

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