Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom6,12-18; Resp. Psalm: Ps123,1-8; Gosp. Accl.: Jn10,27; Gospel: Lk12,39-48
Sin is pervasive. It oppresses, subjugates and enslaves us. Sin proceeds from disordered appetites and un-checked and un-mastered base instincts that continually pull us down. When a believer allows sin to have a place in his life, he becomes its slave and loses the original innocence.
The First Reading today warns us against the pernicious effects of sin. It warned us never to allow sin reign in our mortal bodies or command our obedience to bodily passions. It teaches us never to allow our bodies to be turned into unholy weapon for sin. Instead, our bodies are to be turned to weapons fighting on the side of God. That is why we must remember that we are living by grace, not by law.
Having been so redeemed by Christ, we can no longer be slaves of sin that leads to death. We must rather be slaves of obedience that leads to righteousness and life. A lot was achieved on our behalf. The word challenges us to imitate the obedience of the One who laid down His life for us and who will return at a time we do not expect.
Our Gospel states that the Lord will come at a time we do not expect. The word advises us to be faithful and wise in doing the work that the Master has allotted to us. We must be at our employment all the time. We must not be complacent and must not allow ourselves to be distracted in any way.
We must not be engaged in useless pursuits. A great deal is given to us on trust and same will be expected of us. The word calls us to serious diligence in terms of the preparation for the coming of the Son of man. A great deal has been entrusted to us by the Master Himself and a great deal will be demanded of us in return.
Let us pray: O God, our merciful Father, through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of your Son, you have redeemed us and made us your own. Teach us to recognize the pernicious effects of sin in our lives. Guide and direct our thoughts, words and actions so that we fight against our weaknesses and live our lives in righteousness before you. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.