Is it that Tempting?
Have you ever heard the phrase 'coffee stunts your growth'. It's one of those things we know isn't scientifically true. As a matter of fact, having a few scattered cups of coffee a day is guaranteed to make you feel more refreshed, increase good heart function, and help you to last longer (interesting experiments you hear about on the radio). However, if you're like me and tend to have too much caffeine when you're exhausted, by the end of the day your stomach will ache. You learn from experience, and moderate, or end up giving it up altogether, in order to feel as good as you can in life. The same can be said about the things that tempt us to sin, whether as an individual, or a cultural sin. We have habits that may be good in moderation, but as they become habits (such as over consumption, gossip, etc), they change our nature and impact us, falling prey to sinning more. What habits do you need to break to better yourself?
Today's Gospel states:'And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth." And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:17-27).
In today's Gospel, we hear about how the man lived a good life, following all of God's commands and living a pure life. He asked what more he could do, and Jesus tells him that he must give away all of his possessions, to give away the things that are tying him down to the world. Like this man, we all have baggage, we all him sins, habits, things that have become so normal in life that they tie us here, and let us connect with God less. Take some time to ask God to help you move past your sins and burdens of the world, to be repentant and give everything to God.
Today's prayer comes from 'lords prayer words' a prayer of repentance:
I beseech Thee, O Most Blessed Trinity, to shed the fire of Thy merciful love upon this most frigid heart, to let shine upon this most darkened mind, the light of the Son, in whom alone is every grace and truth. Have pity on me, most Merciful God, and regard not my sins and offenses, but in Thy mercy forgive me yet again, and grant me the graces to serve Thee now in fidelity and truth. Amen.