Who’s Your Deliverer?
Malvern Minute

 

October 27, 2017 – Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. Alleluia, alleluia!

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

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A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (7:18-25a)

 

Brothers and sisters:
I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh.
The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.
For I do not do the good I want,
but I do the evil I do not want.

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it,
but sin that dwells in me.
So, then, I discover the principle
that when I want to do right, evil is at hand.

For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self,
but I see in my members another principle
at war with the law of my mind,

taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Miserable one that I am!
Who will deliver me from this mortal body?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Reflect: Who will deliver me from this mortal body? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. In his letter to the Romans, Paul is transparent about his struggle with sin. He wants to do good, but ends up falling into sin. In fact, he declares that conflict as “war with the law of my mind.” Clearly, however, he sees his Deliverer from the power of sin to be Jesus Christ.  Paul presents a reality that we all experience.  There are many times when we absolutely know what we need to do, what is right, but yet we fall into sin. It’s the experience of us coming face to face with our fallen nature.  Our deliverance from sin doesn’t rest in our own power or even in our desire to do better. Sometimes we desperately hold on to the sin that we know is wrong; as if we are enslaved. We have to step aside and let God be God. Jesus Christ is our only Hope. He is our Redeemer. He is the one who takes our mortal bodies and, through his grace and mercy, makes us into new men and new women. Of course, we have to be willing to cooperate with his grace and submit to his will. We have to let him lead us into exile from the comfort of our sin so that we can be led into the promise of new life. As we do so, Jesus leads us to freedom and peace!

 

Questions: What are my biggest conflicts with sin – doing what I don’t want to do?  Do I accept that I can’t defeat sin alone, but that I need the grace and power of Jesus Christ? Where do I need to start today by turning over to Jesus my struggle and conflict with sin?

 

Pray: Loving God, clothe me with the virtues of the heart of your Son, and set me aflame with his love, so that, conformed to his image, I might merit a share in his eternal redemption.   I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on me and on the whole world.

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