Scripture Reading: Romans 6:12
Our horror and hate for sin should not wane by the day. Some within the church in Paul’s days thought that since grace initiates pardon for sin, the Christian does not need to resist sin. In response to this, St. Paul explains that every believer must continually reaffirm and implement his or her decision to resist sin and follow Christ. We are in a generation that is falling into the danger of being comfortable with sin because what we know as sin is now being technically perceived as expression of choice. A writer says, “The awareness of sin used to be our shadow. Christians hated sin, feared it, fled from it–and grieved over it. But the shadow of sin has now dimmed in our consciousness. Even preachers, who once got visibly angry over a congregation’s sin, now speak of sin in a mumble.”
Beloved in Christ, it is crucial that we recover a biblical sense of the horror of sin. The saints and other holy people had this sense. St. Teresa of Avila puts it thus: Follow the advice to please God until you find you have such a fixed determination not to offend the Lord that you would rather lose a thousand lives, and be persecuted by the whole world, than commit one venial sin.” St. Catherine of Genoa wrote: “When I had the vision in which I saw how much the shadow of the smallest act against God matters, I do not know why I did not die.” Beloved for us not to get accustomed with sin and see it as a social way of life, we must constantly pray with Thomas Kempis, “Lord Jesus, fight strongly for me and drive away the evil beasts-those enticing desires of the flesh-so that peace may rule by Your power and Your Name be praised abundantly in the temple of my soul, which is a clean and pure conscience.” How then can we keep this command to not let sin reign over us, to not give in to its desires? We can take the following steps:(1). Identify our personal weaknesses, (2). Recognize the things that tempt us, (3). Stay away from sources of temptation, (4) practice self-restraint, (5) Consciously invest our time in good habits and services and (6) lean on God’s strength and grace. Though sin has been dethroned by the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross, you must continually resist Satan’s onslaught against you; if you have to be pleasing and a sweet aroma to God.
Ezek 16:1-15.60.63 OR 16:59-63; Ps Is 12:2-3.4bcde.5-6(R.1de); Accl 1 Thess 2:13; Gosp Mt 19:3-12 WEEKDAY
- Let’s pray with Thomas A Kempis: “O my loving Savior, the life of my soul, my hope and my salvation, come and take possession of my heart, I beg this of You. Fill it with Your love and with Your virtues, which You practiced during Your life on earth. Come. Live and reign in my heart and make it wholly Yours. Amen.”
- Take prayerfully the prayer, “Stay With Me” by Padre Pio.
Exercise: Start a periodic contemplation of the sufferings of Christ to shed off everything sinful stain.
Meditation: Psalms 19:12-14