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4th Commandment Essay

2375 words - 10 pages


Zyra Mikhaila M. Barro
Re Ed 4
Mr. Arnel Tindugan

A Call to Respect Human Life
Fourth Commandment:
“Honor your father and your mother”
In the Commandment of the Lord, he instructed us to 'honor our father and mother'. This isn’t a choice we make or something we do when we feel like it. It is a direct command from God.
I. Why do we need to honor our parents?
* We Honor our Parents because it honors God.
Even if we don’t feel like honoring our parents, keeping in mind that it pleases God, can help us give the motivation we need to keep doing it. Isn’t it great that as we show simple gestures of love and respect to our parents by helping them around the ...view middle of the document...

But this is a faulty thinking. Honor to our parents is unmerited, just as God’s grace is to us.

* Honor our Parents…because it leads to blessing.
If we look closely, the command given to honor our parents isn’t a stand-alone command, but is linked to a very special promise: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). In this case, God says that honoring our parents will result in the blessing of a longer life and that all may go well in our life (Deut 5:16). Our obedience in honoring our parents is directly linked to God’s honoring us. How awesome is that?

These insights remind us of not only of how important honoring our parents is to God, but how valuable it is to the success and satisfaction of our own lives. Therefore, we should really take some time to reflect on how we are doing in the honoring department.

II. Meaning

a. Catholicism
According to the teachings of the Catholic Church, the commandment to honor father and mother reveals God’s desired order of charity – first God, then parents, then others. The Catholic Catechism states that keeping the commandment to honor father and mother brings both spiritual and temporal rewards of peace and prosperity, while failure to honor parents harms the individual as well as society. The pervasive societal effect of obedience or disobedience to this command is attributed to the status of the family as the fundamental building block of society:
“The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life.”
The Catholic Church views the family as a miniature church within itself, which is intended to have positive, profound effect. The import of honoring father and mother is based on the divine origin of the parental role:
The divine fatherhood is the source of human fatherhood. (Ephesians 3:14) This is the foundation of the honor owed to parents. … It is required by God's commandment. (Exodus 20:12) Respect for parents (filial piety) derives from gratitude toward those who, by the gift of life, their love and their work, have brought their children into the world and enabled them to grow in stature, wisdom, and grace.

The Catholic Church teaches that adult children have a duty to honor their parents by providing “material and moral support in old age and in times of illness, loneliness, or distress. “This honor should be based on the son or daughter’s gratitude for the life, love and effort given by the parents and motivated by the desire to pay them back in some measure.”
The principle of the commandment is extended to the duty to honor others in direct authority, such as teachers, employers, and especially persons in addition to parents who may have contributed to one’s coming to and living a life of faith in Jesus. The teachings of the Catholic Church explain that the commandment to honor father and...

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