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Tag Archive for ‘sin’

Words and God’s Word ‘I’

In The Short Course in Human Relations that has guided this series. ‘I’ is listed as the ‘least important word’. In what sense is that true? Consider the phrases we have discussed previously: about being sorry, grateful, helpful, giving praise, seeking another’s opinion etc. Importantly, last month we saw how important ‘we’ and relationships are […]

Friday 25 October

Romans 7:18-25; Psalm 119:33-40; Luke 12:54-59 The will to do what is good Paul describes our common experience in daily life, namely, the interior conflict between our weak unspiritual, false self (the legacy of Adam’s sin); and the consoling joy of our spiritual, true self, (the legacy of our “re-creation in Christ” by Baptism and […]

Wednesday 23 October

Romans 6:12-18; Psalm 124; Luke 12:39-48 Don’t let sin reign The road to holiness is a daily battle between our bodily passions and the grace of freedom offered us by Jesus. St Augustine wrote: “Our pilgrim life here on earth cannot be without temptation, for it is through temptation that we make progress, and it […]

Tuesday 22 October

Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21; Psalm 40; Luke 12:35-38 Grace was even greater While St Paul teaches that human sin and death are the bitter fruit of Adam’s original sin, he proclaims repeatedly, “it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free […]

Thursday 29 August

Passion of St John the Baptist (M) Jeremiah 1:17-19; Psalm 71; Mark 6:17-29 Sin seeks company. Herodias felt threatened because John preached repentance and accused her of adultery. Instead of repenting, Herodias plotted John’s death, manipulating her daughter so that Herod killed John to save face. Sin seeks company. It wants to draw others into […]

Thursday 4 July

Genesis 22:1-19; Psalm 115; Matthew 9:1-8 Illness and sin In curing this paralytic Jesus identifies both illness and sin – the former affecting the man’s health, the reality of sin bringing a deeper dis-ease to his soul. Notice Jesus does not say the man’s illness is caused by sin, he rejects that prejudice of the […]

Sunday 30 June

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Psalm 16; Luke 9:51-62 What it means to be free When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free, so says Paul in his letter to the Galatians. It is a freedom from slavery to the law and a freedom from sin. […]

The Problem of Sin and God

Is sin a problem for God? NO!  No, sin is not a problem to God in the sense that He cannot cope with it, cannot overcome the difficulty that sin presents – not to Him but to us, the ones who sin. Even the Old Testament recognised that God could and did deal very effectively […]

Monday 8 April

Daniel 13; Psalm 23; John 8:1-11 Writing in the sand There are times when intense emotions are aroused. We need some ‘time out’ to grapple with what we are experiencing and how best to respond. Jesus felt for this woman, publicly condemned and obviously shamed, and rather than react to her accusers, he doodles in […]

Thursday 21 March

Jeremiah 17 5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus The sin of the rich man in today’s gospel was not that he had a lot of money, but that he did not hear the cry of the poor man Lazarus. Lent is a time when we open the ears of our hearts to truly listen and […]