Paragraph 2538

2538. The tenth commandment requires that envy be banished from the human heart. When the prophet Nathan wanted to spur King David to repentance, he told him the story about the poor man who had only one ewe lamb that he treated like his own daughter and the rich man who, despite the great number of his flocks, envied the poor man and ended by stealing his lamb.322Envy can lead to the worst crimes.323“Through the devil’s envy death entered the world”:324

We fight one another, and envy arms us against one another…. If everyone strives to unsettle the Body of Christ, where shall we end up? We are engaged in making Christ’s Body a corpse…. We declare ourselves members of one and the same organism, yet we devour one another like beasts.325


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

100. In what way is the spiritual motherhood of Mary universal?

105. Why did Jesus receive from John the “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3:3)?

222. What is the work of Christ in the liturgy?

150. What is the mission of the Church?

300. What is interior penance?

545. Why is our prayer efficacious?

216. What is the hope of the new heavens and the new earth?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What can we learn about the desire to always be with a loved one from Songs 3:1-5 and 6:1-3?

How important is Jesus’ resurrection, and what can we learn from his appearance to the disciples?

What is the role of divine providence in the lives of the faithful? Can we find examples of this in the book of Tobias?

What does the Bible say about God’s judgment and justice?

What does the Bible say about the need to forgive, according to Colossians 3:13?

How Obedience to God Can Lead to Victory: An Analysis of the Siege of Jericho (Joshua 6)?

What is the Battle of the Valley of Jehoshaphat mentioned in the book of Joel and what is its significance?