Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We know that as soon as humankind came into the world so did sin. Sin is rebellion with God, it pulls away from God. It destroys our relationship with God. Sin hurts us, it can hurt those around us and gives a feeling of guilt. I know, I sin, I try not to sin but I keep sinning. It is as though I have little or no control over myself. What can I do?
St Paul in his letter to the Romans sums up our problem,
“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind, I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, I am a slave to the law of sin.”
Now that we have been given something to ponder, I want to wish you all a happy, sin-free summer.
Have a good summer through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ Fr. Glenn.