Merry Tenth Day of Christmas

Monica on January 3rd, 2016 | 17 comments

Merry Tenth Day of Christmas!
My True Love gave to me Ten Lords a-Leaping!
The Ten Lords a-Leaping are the Ten Commandments.

These ten beneficial laws were given by God to show us how to live a better life now and please God forever. Jesus Christ explained that the Ten Commandments and all of God’s laws are based on God’s most prominent characteristic: LOVE.

God gave humanity the Bible to reveal His way of life—His way of love. The do’s and dont’s of God’s Ten Commandments show us how to apply love in every aspect of life. Jesus Christ summarized all of God’s laws in two great commandments. “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

The 10 Commandments expand on these two great commandments, with the first four commandments telling us how God wants to be loved, and the last six commandments showing how to demonstrate love for other people. God’s ultimate goal is not to have the Ten Commandments inscribed on tablets of stone, but to have them written in our hearts and minds so that we will remember them and always live by them

The Ten Commandments List

1. I am the LORD your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.
2. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the LORD’S Day.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

Paul explained: “For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:9-10).

Today is the tenth day of Christmas and the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. From Apostolic times, the Church has professed that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10). The day marks the occasion when the Child received the Name Jesus as had been foretold by the angel. The feast is meant to impress on us Christians the dignity of the Holy Name. It is a relatively new feast, stemming out of devotional piety. It is not difficult to find in it some liturgical or scriptural reference.

Merry Tenth Day of Christmas
We love you!

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17 thoughts on “Merry Tenth Day of Christmas

  1. Thank you, Mary Jo Ahlin, these are beautiful and enlightening reflections & Thank You, Monica for making it possible for us all to enjoy them. God’s blessings!

  2. just a simple THANK YOU for your ministry
    It is a blessing to be able to quickly say any hour of Christian Prayer with the touch of your finger
    may God bless your ministry abundantly

  3. Thank you, Monica. These daily meditations from you have been very warmly received and appreciated — most deeply in our hearts, minds and souls.

    • Hello Joe, these articles were created by Mary Jo Ahlin and kindly donated to this ministry for all the people praying here. My only contribution was to post them for us all. God’s blessings in the New Year!

  4. Monica, I really appreciate your reflection on the tenth day of Christmas! I am always looking for gentle ways to evangelize those around me who only know secular Christmas. Thank you.

  5. Love your explanation of the 12 days of Christmas & is especially good with children,to show that Christmas doesn’t end on Christmas Day.

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