Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | July 31, 2009

Reflection for 18th Su in OT

Ex 16, 2-4. 12-15; Ps 78, 3-4. 23-25. 54; Eph 4, 17. 20-24; Jn 6, 24-35

“that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires”

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

In the Act of Contrition, we say “to do penance and AVOID THE OCCASIONS OF SIN”…That is to say we must die to our old habits and develop new ones. As is the quote from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

As all of you should know, the 7 Capital (Deadly) sins are as follows: Pride, Greed, Lust, Gluttony, Envy, Anger, Sloth.

Did your catecheists or priests ever tell you how to avoid them? If they didn’t you should go get refund for your classes, they didn’t do their job right.

The key to avoiding sin, is to know the opposite of the sin that you’re comitting, that is to say the virtue that cancels the vice.

Pride is the exalting of your own worth. The virtue that counteracts this is humility. Humility does not mean being a pushover, but it does mean recognizing that your gifts come from God, and not from your own merit.

Greed is the immoderate desire of earthly goods. The virtue that counteracts this is Liberality (not to be confused with liberal). So what in the world is liberality? Basically it’s a $ 3.00 word for generosity. However this does not mean you have to give away all of what you work hard for, what it does mean is that you should recognize monetary value as temporary and from God.

Lust is the hankering after immodest pleasure. The virtue that contrasts this is Chastity. It is okay to see the beauty in people, but to make them an object of your affection is wrong and lustful.

Gluttony is unrestrained eating and drinking. Temperance counteracts this. Now don’t use this as permission to go starve yourselves to death. Joe did not give you permission to do such a thing. What it means is to have self control over the things that you do, all things in moderation my friends.

Anger is the overzealous desire for revenge. Meekness counteracts this. Remember that God will avenge all the wrongs that happen to you in your life. His way, His time. It’s okay to be frustrated. (I do all the time, they’re always destroying some street by my house and they never get done)…but always remember God will take care of things. Yet this does not give you the right to treat someone like a jerk who has been a jerk to you. You’re supposed to love your neighbor inspite of what he or she may do to you.

Envy is sorrow caused by another one’s good fortune. Remember what I said a couple of weeks ago about grace, we need to cooperate with it in order for it to be efficatious. The same with our talents and gifts that we’ve been given. We need to cooperate with what we’ve been given. Not everyone has the same talent. Not everyone is treated the same. Heaven has a hierarchy.

Sloth, aka Laziness aka laxidazicalness in the Faith or work is counteracted by dilligence. It’s very tempting to want to be lazy, but always remember that we glorify God in our work, we should always want to work for the greater Kingdom of God, and not sit back and be lazy where the devil can take advantage of us.

I invite all of you to examine your lives, see them, see what holds you back, and drop them and become a new creation in Christ via the Sacrament of Confession, Jesus is waiting for you.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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