What are you concerned about?
Sometimes we have a great many things on our minds: things that keep us from going to sleep, things that make us lose track of our surroundings, things that run through our mind over and over like an endless loop of tape.
Today’s first reading (Romans 8:1-11) essentially asks us the question: what are we concerned about? Are we concerned about the things of this world, of the flesh, or are we concerned about the things of the spirit and our relationship with God?
For those who live according to the flesh
are concerned with the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the spirit
with the things of the spirit.
The concern of the flesh is death,
but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.
For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God;
it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it;
and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Perhaps we take the things of the spirit and our relationship with God for granted.
Maybe we should be less concerned about passing things and more concerned about eternal life.
Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on me – a sinner.