The goal of this Edge Night is to help the youth understand God’s purpose and design in giving us the Ten Commandments – not simply as a set of rules, but as a way one should live his/her life.
Edge Night at a Glance
The Ten Commandments are the most recognizable form of laws throughout the world. For centuries, these have been seen as laws or rules one should abide by in order to be obedient to God. Some, however, struggle that perhaps the Ten Commandments are outdated or no longer apply to our current life/situation.
The new YOUCAT tells us: “No, the Ten Commandments are by no means the product of a particular time. They express man’s fundamental obligation toward God and neighbor, which are always and everywhere valid [2070-2072]” (351). The Ten Commandments are also not to be lived simply out of an obligation, but serve as a way to know and love God more deeply. The Ten Commandments established a covenantal relationship with His people. As a note, in the Catechism of the Catholic
Church and in the YOUCAT, the sections on the Ten Commandments are rather extensive. We have placed where to find the Commandments in the reference section for the Edge Night – take time to read through at least one to two paragraphs on each Commandment. This will help you to understand the depth of each and our call to live them more faithfully.
This Edge Night will start with a fun game called, “Do This, Do That” to illustrate how we sometimes perceive the Ten Commandments are just a bunch of rules. This will be processed and followed up by an “interactive” talk that helps the youth to understand the reason God gave us the Ten Commandments and how we can live them out. During small group, the youth discuss the Ten Commandments and come up with a creative rap to share what they have learned. The night will close with a prayer service and the youth taking time to pray through how to live out the Ten Commandments.