Sin – the Obstacle to growth in Humanness
“Both Jew and Greek have sinned and forfeited God’s glory… I cannot understand my own behavior. I fail to carry out the things I want to do, and I find myself doing the very things I hate… In fact this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand. In my inmost self I dearly love God’s law, but I see that my body follows a different law that battles against the law which my reason dictates. This is what makes me a prisoner of that law of sin which lives inside my body. What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 3:23; 7:15, 21-25)
God places before us life and death and tells us to choose that we may have life. Jesus comes that we may have life and have it to the full. Sin is the obstacle to a full life, to the abundant life that Jesus died to give us. The love of the Heart of Jesus wants so badly for us to grow in his life. To say that we have never sinned is to call God a liar, but if we acknowledge our sins, God is faithful and true. It is true that we have so often forfeited the glory of God, fallen short in choosing life. In our inmost selves where through the Spirit of Jesus we have the power to grow strong, we do dearly love God and his law; but how often do we find ourselves doing the things we do not wish and not doing the things we want. The law of sin is at work in us and to the extent that it succeeds we die; what wretched men we are! But God rescued us from our slavery to sin; He thought it not enough that we should be called servants; he makes us his very own children, and that is what we are. Through sin death has come into the world. But wretched though we are in sin, we are richly loved by the Heart of Jesus, loved into his own life.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, we thank you for teaching us the truth that sets us free; the truth that teaches us that it is sin that stops us from the full life, from the fulness of love. We thank you for saving us from our sins; for bringing us light when we were in darkness. We want to be free of this sin that reigns in our members; we want to belong entirely to you. We praise you for loving us so much that you bring us into your own wonderful light, from sin and death to life in you. We proclaim you our savior who rescues us from the body of this death and brings us to life as members of your very own body.