Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 22, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's readings are all about "Flesh" and "Spirit" -- about "Sin" and
"Freedom." As listeners to this discourse by St. Paul, we are definitely
convinced that the life of freedom in the Spirit is definitely the better
choice than slavery to the flesh.
It seems so obvious. But, of course, experiencing the pull of the flesh
(meaning sin in all its forms) even as soon as fifteen minutes after hearing
this scripture reading it and being swayed by it, we know how fickle human
nature really is. "The spirit (meaning OUR spirit) is willing, but the
flesh is weak" expresses the human condition. What is so remarkable is that
Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, took on our human nature with all
its tendency to sin. Remember that St. Paul says that Jesus took on sinful
flesh. That implies that Jesus allowed himself to experience the effects of
Original Sin. Though Jesus was sinless Himself, He allowed this terrible
power to exert influence on His thoughts and His feelings!
O Jesus, Your emptying Yourself of divinity was the greatest proof of Your
love. I will never doubt Your love again! How close I feel to You now,
because You know what my temptations are like. You can understand my shame
at being so impatient, insensitive, unforgiving, and selfish. This thought
makes Your absolution in the Sacrament of Penance all the more precious.
You really understand me, don't You!
Yes, I accept Your Spirit, and will gladly sacrifice my will, my desires, my
plans to Your will, Your desires, and Your plans for me. Amen.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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