October 24, 2019
(St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop)
St. Paul wrote, “now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom_6:19-23
And those wages are payment for work. The work of sin pays us back in death. But the Gift is not payment for anything. It is freely given out of God’s love for us. And that gift, in our surrender of the work of sin, is true life in Christ – forever!
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Lk_12:49-53
You see, beloved, that “surrender” of something that we are so comfortable with (sin) is not an easy task. It’s a baptismal washing away, a death and rebirth. And Jesus came to give us a hand with it – IF we choose to let Him. Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive.” Allow Him to burn it all away, beloved, and then accept His Gift of new life, of eternal life in righteousness and joy and peace, despite what the “world” contradicts!
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