In this 8th Grade lesson, we study the 10th Commandment. We discuss the detriments of envy and the need for a healthy appreciation for the things we have in our life.
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Why do some people have more things than others? There are many reasons. Some are good. Some are bad. But God, who knows everything, knows what each person needs in their life. Jesus promised us that if we had faith in Him, God would give us everything we need to be happy. This is what Jesus told the disciples in the Gospel of Matthew (6:25-34):
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Things like clothes, and food, and toys, and books, and games are possessions. Some possessions are necessary for a happy life, like food to eat and clothes to wear. Many possessions, however, are not necessary. We want these things, but don’t need them. Toys, books, and games are not necessary for a happy life.
Sometimes we desire the things that other people have. We may begin to envy other people because of the things they possess. Envy means not liking what we have because we want something that someone else has. The more we want someone else’s possessions, the less we like our own possessions.
Envy makes us care more about possessions than God. This means that we are breaking both the ninth Commandment and the first Commandment. How can we protect ourselves from envy? Let’s look at a few ways.
Try to share something of yours every day. It is a good reminder that God gives us things so that we can know, love, and serve Him.
Meditate on Generous Saints
Many Saints were very good about sharing their possessions with other people. They were happy with the things they had, because they could use these things to help others. Two Saints who were generous are: St. Vincent DePaul and St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
The best thing we can do to stay holy is to pray. Pick three of your favorite prayers and say them every day. Pray the Hail Mary when you are sad or angry, o... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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