Catechism of the Catholic Church

Life in Christ 505 C hapter O ne “Y ou S hall L ove the L ord Y our G od with A ll Y our H eart , and with A ll Y our S oul , and with A ll Y our M ind ” 2083 Jesus summed up man’s duties toward God in this saying: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” 1 This immediately echoes the solemn call: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord.” 2 God has loved us first. The love of the One God is recalled in the first of the “ten words.” The commandments then make explicit the response of love that man is called to give to his God. A rticle 1 THE FIRST COMMANDMENT I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 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 in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. 3 It is written: “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” 4 I. “Y ou S hall W orship the L ord Y our G od and H im O nly S hall Y ou S erve ” 2084 God makes himself known by recalling his all-powerful, loving, and liberating action in the history of the one he addresses: “I brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” The first word contains the first commandment of the Law: “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve him. . . . You shall not go after other gods.” 5 God’s first call and just demand is that man accept him and worship him. 1 Mt 22:37; cf . Lk 10:27: “. . . and with all your strength.” 2 Deut 6:4. 3 Ex 20:2-5; cf. Deut 5:6-9. 4 Mt 4:10. 5 Deut 6:13-14. 367 199 2057 398