DESIRE TO DO GOOD ALWAYS

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 October 2017)

????Rom 7:18-25a; Ps 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94 (R.v.68b); Luke 12:54-59

Have you often found yourself falling prey to sin even when you desire strongly to do the right thing? That is often explained as concupiscence – what some people call human frailty, limitation or weakness. It is the orientation that drags man to move toward the bad which he wants to avoid. St. Paul, too, often complained about this (see Rom 7:18-25).

We know that some of us normally hide under that orientation to explain away our deep indulgence into sin. Before we join that crowd, it is important to note the difference between St. Paul in Rom 7:18-25 and the people that Jesus condemned as hypocrites in Luke 12:54-59 – the desire and effort to do good.

Even while it is true that we are bound by human limitations, we must always strive to live above boards. And then, remember that we have no power of our own. But with God on our side, we can do all things.

We therefore pray with the psalmist that he, the Lord, may teach us his statutes (cf. Ps 119:68) and help us to keep them at all times. Amen.

Have a lovely day spent in God’s merciful love. Peace with you.

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