“IT IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE, BUT CHRIST WHO LIVES IN ME” (Gal 2:20)
????2 Cor 4:7-15, 3-6; Ps 116:10-11, 15-16, 17-18 (R.v.17a); Matt 5:27-32
Yesterday, we talked about the freedom which we received for being part of Jesus. That freedom enables us to live beyond mere observance of the Law but live rather in imitation of Christ who called us.
St Paul tells us of the importance of staying focused on that course not minding the challenges that come our way. The result shall be that we shall now be a reflection of Christ with our lifestyle bearing witness to what we profess in faith.
Many a time, some of us behave as if we are not sure of where we stand. That is why we follow Christ with the eyes of the world. Today, many of us do a lot of things under the pretence of love. Kissing or engaging in romance with someone who is not your wife or husband is no longer sin because the world suggests so. But Jesus says, “everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt 5:28).
But wait! What of a woman who decided to dress immodestly in the name of fashion, seducing the other man to look at her lustfully? Again Jesus says, “If anyone should cause one of these little ones…to stumble and fall into sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the depths of the sea with a large millstone around his neck” (Matt 18:6).
Does your faith enable you to see Christ in everything and in all circumstances? If it does, it will help you overcome worldly temptations.
May the Lord save us from all evil and protect us from all temptations. Amen.
I wish you a stress-free day under the loving gaze of Christ our Lord. Peace be with you.