My mind is so easily distracted. I feel pulled in many directions at once.
I want to be a good servant of God, but I fail so often.
I read about the saints and I want to be the way they were: focused completely and powerfully on God.
Among the greatest of these saints is Saint Paul the Apostle, and in today’s first reading (Romans 7:18-25a) this great Prince of the Apostles says this about himself:
For I do not do
the good I want,
but I do the evil
I do not want.
When we feel discouraged about our failures, we can take great comfort in that we are not alone, for we are all human – even the greatest among us.
That is not a license for moral apathy, but a message of encouragement: from the greatest of apostles to the greatest of sinners, we need not despair, for by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we can do better.