Thursday, October 24, 2019
FRIDAY, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
Rom 7: 18 – 25a / Lk 12: 54 – 59
1ST READING: Rom 7: 18 – 25a
I know that what is right does not abide in me, I mean, in my flesh. I can want to do what is right, but I am unable to do it. In fact, I do not do the good I want, but the evil I hate. Therefore, if I do what I do not want to do, I am not the one striving towards evil, but Sin which is in me.
I discover, then, this reality: though I wish to do what is right, the evil in me asserts itself first. My inmost self agrees and rejoices with the law of God, but I notice in my body another law challenging the law of the spirit, and delivering me as a slave to the law of sin written in my members. Alas for me! Who will free me from this being which is only death? Let us give thanks to God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord!
GOSPEL READING: Lk 12: 54 – 59
Jesus said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, "A shower is coming.' And so it happens. And when the wind blows from the south, you say, 'It will be hot,' and so it is.
"You superficial people! You understand the signs of the earth and the sky, but you do not understand the present times. And why do you not judge for yourselves what is fit? When you go with your accuser before the court, try to settle the case on the way, lest he drag you before the judge and the judge deliver you to the jailer, and the jailer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the very last penny."
In our yearning for God and in our following of his will, we do struggle to do good and be righteous. This is the reality of our life, of our freedom. In the first reading Paul speaks very well of this continuing struggle within us between the spirit of God and the law of God and the spirit of evil and the world of the flesh, the law of sin and my own body.
We can declare, "What a wretched man I am!" as admission of human weakness and helplessness, though we know we also have this innermost desire, almost built-in, for a lasting relationship with goodness and God. This admission and realization are healthy beginnings of God's grace in us, as we humble ourselves before God. God helps and delivers us through the redemptive grace of our Lord, his Son Jesus Christ.
This is the challenge of being human and of being free, called to a higher life with God, though pulled down by so many other factors. Let us pray to God that he may be the supreme Lord of our lives.
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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