I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed?
The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today’s reading reminds us of the great gift God offers us in Christ: eternal happiness and closeness with him. Paul tells us that those vices we think make us “free” only harm us; our God-given freedom is not for us to use for whatever purpose we see fit; it is for us to use for good! Further, the Church helps us to understand how God’s commands that we become “slaves to righteousness for sanctification” are precisely the things that will make us truly happy! We are miserable when we go our own way; the well-worn path of virtue Christ laid out is the best way to true joy—not always comfort, but joy. Thus it benefits us to seek out God’s will in our daily lives to find the joy he desires for us.
How are you asking God about his will today? What does he show you in response?
May it please the supreme and divine Goodness, to give us all abundant grace, ever to know his most holy will, and perfectly to fulfill it.
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