2075 "What good deed
must I do, to have eternal life?" - "If you would enter into life,
2076 By his life and by his
preaching Jesus attested to the permanent validity of the Decalogue. 2077 The
gift of the Decalogue is bestowed from within
the covenant concluded by God with his people. God's
commandments take on their true meaning in and
through this covenant.
2078 In fidelity to Scripture
and in conformity with Jesus' example, the tradition of the Church has always
acknowledged the primordial importance and
significance of the Decalogue.
2079 The Decalogue forms an
organic unity in which each "word" or "commandment" refers
to all the others
taken together. To transgress one commandment is
to infringe the whole Law (cf Jas
2080 The Decalogue contains a
privileged expression of the natural law. It is made known to us by divine
revelation and by human reason.
2081 The Ten Commandments, in
their fundamental content, state grave obligations. However, obedience
to these precepts also implies obligations in
matter which is, in itself, light.
2082 What God commands he
makes possible by his grace.