You too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Jesus Christ.
(pertaining to today’s second reading: ROMANS 6:3-4, 8-11)
To make room for Christ, we have to clear out all the closets sin presently keeps within us. It only makes sense. We can’t invite Christ to cohabitate with a ready capacity for rude or obnoxious behavior. We can’t live in Christ and bring along prejudice, callousness to human suffering, or a judgmental spirit. We can’t ask Christ to enter our lives if there’s no place for him to sit, or it’s too loud to hear him when he speaks. If we refuse to forgive those who trespass against us, the Lord who makes forgiveness the purpose of his life and the meaning of his death will find no welcome in us.
We know these things, yet we still try. Surely we can hold back a small trunk of nastiness, and allow Christ free access to the rest of our house? Oh, but sooner or later we’ll want to open that trunk, and the ugly contents will spill out. Besides, Christ doesn’t come empty-handed to stay with us. He arrives bearing gifts of love, peace, compassion, and hope. If we’ve got bitter things in drawers all around, where’s the space to receive what he brings?
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