A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Resistance is fruitful

Often, when we succumb to temptation (God have mercy on us all), we tell ourselves, “I couldn’t help it” or otherwise describe the temptation as irresistible.

The bold statement that begins today’s first reading (Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15) reminds us that we can do much better in resisting sin.

In your struggle against sin
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.

Rejection of temptation is a kind of martyrdom and is the path to infinite joys.

So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed.

Strive for peace with everyone,
and for that holiness
without which no one will see the Lord.