jesus or a hell of a life
"Who can free me?" —Romans 7:24
All human beings are conceived and born as prisoners of war. We are created prisoners "of the law of sin" in our members (Rm 7:23). "This means that even though" we "want to do what is right, a law that leads to wrongdoing is always ready at hand" (Rm 7:21). It is wretched to have a war going on inside us, to be prisoners in that war, to not have the power to do the good we desire to do (Rm 7:18), and to repeatedly hurt the very people we want to love. When we get to know ourselves and human nature, we cry out: "What a wretched man I am! Who can free me from this body under the power of death?" (Rm 7:24) Who can save us? How will we ever know anything but defeat, slavery, self-hatred, doom, and despair? However, there is one hope. Our only hope is Jesus, Who has taken our captivity captive (see Eph 4:8).
Let us thank Jesus constantly for saving us from captivity and slavery. If not for Jesus, we would be used and abused by the evil one. Without Jesus' freeing love, we would feel "dirty," hate ourselves, and destroy ourselves. Without Jesus, our past would be horrible, our present worse, and our future an abominable hell forever. Without Jesus, we can do nothing (Jn 15:5). With Jesus, we have hope, freedom, love, and happiness forever. "There is no condemnation now for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rm 8:1). Give your thanks and your life to Jesus.
Prayer: Father, I give every moment of my life in thanksgiving for Jesus.
Promise: "I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts." —Ps 119:94
Praise: St. John is said to have practiced penance by riding through the town wearing a paper hat upon which were written his main sins.
Reference: (For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Seek First The Kingdom.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 20, 2015
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