The second reading for Sunday’s Mass, the 14th Sunday of the Year, comes from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.
In the letter Paul offers support and encouragement to the Christian community in Rome, a community he had yet to visit. That same support and encouragement is now extended to us through the living word of God that is this letter.
As you read the passage, notice how your spirit responds, and bring that response to God in prayer.
Your interests are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him, and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
So then, my brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.
“Sorry, St Paul. My interests are all too often in the unspiritual! The time I waste, the distractions that come, the things that draw me from what is good and best.”
“Maybe you misunderstand me,” answers Paul. “You may indeed be pre-occupied by so many things, and your time be so given over to your unspiritual self and unspiritual life. But, I repeat, your interests, your best interests, lie in the spiritual. Neglect them and you go into decline.
But attend to what is Christ, especially try to do what is of Christ, and that decline will be reversed – or at least held in check! Do this even at some seeming personal cost, perhaps especially if it seems to be at your personal cost – and see how you learn to live not just ‘doing better things’, but living more fully. See how life will flourish in you and you flourish in your life.
And this because he who raised Jesus from the dead, even he, will give life to you through his Spirit living in you.”
- What draw you to life?
- What drains true life from you?
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