Scripture Reading: Songs of Solomon 2:15
Like every animal kind, foxes could either be large or little. However our lead passage gave a stern warning against the little foxes. While the bigger animals are very obvious on the fields, the little foxes may not be easily identified. Thus it was possible for little foxes to be present in a field, meting out destruction on the vines unnoticed; until great damage is done. Such situations are usually irredeemable because the damage had been done. The emphasis on the “little” is because they are unnoticeable; which makes them more destructive.
Dear friends, is this not also the reality of human life? Is this not also the case with sin? Is that not also the case when we categorize sin into little and great and continue to play and toil with sin thinking it doesn’t matter? Little sins kill and they do so slowly and silently. When their effects are ignored, they gradually eat us up to death. Indeed, there is no little sin. Sin is sin! When we dabble into such foul plays which we consider as little sins we fail to realize that their effects are far-reaching even though slowly and gradually. In such event, we end up leading a double standard life; deceiving ourselves and never God who neither deceive nor be deceived. Philip Henry says, “Sins are like circles in the water when a stone is thrown into it; one produces another………” No wonder Mathew Amold declares thus: “Sin is not a monster to be mused on, but an impotence to be got rid of”. St. Anselm , therefore, concludes that “To sin is nothing else than not to render to God his due”.
God warns us today against little ignorable sins of our lives which in ecclesiastical parlance we may refer to as venial. Even venial sins when they become habitual and are not dealt with can lead to death. For wherever sin is found, with God, it is dealt with. Those things we perpetuate and usually think do not matter, God desires that we make genuine efforts, daily in our journey towards holy living. Is it not a little quantity of yeast that leavens the entire dough? If we must therefore make headway in our spiritual life this year, we must repent and forsake even those little sinful habits of ours which we often consider as negligible. Where will you be found wanting when weighed on the Lord’s scale?
MASS: RED Sir 5: 1-8; Ps 1: 1-2. 3. 4 and 6; Mk 9: 41-50 POLYCARP, BP, MT M
- Thank God for today’s message
- Ask God to open your eyes to see the areas of your life where you need repentance
- Lord, I repent of every sin of mine that will stand as an hindrance between me and You O God.
- Let the Blood of Jesus full of forgiveness flood my being with grace to overcome sin, in Jesus name.
- I decree, no sin shall have its grip over my life again. I am not a slave of sin any more. I am free from the sin of (name those peculiar sins you still battle with.)
EXERCISE: Spend at least 15 minutes of your time today on reflection of your weakness
Meditation: 1 Corinthians 5:6