He does this sometimes. It is galvanising and always challenging, but sometimes the appointed Scriptures of the Office or the Mass just leap out and cry to me “What are you doing?”. Today’s first reading at Mass speaks openly to my sin, to your sin and to our collective sin. Lord have mercy…
My children, do not let anyone lead you astray:
to live a holy life
is to be holy just as he is holy;
to lead a sinful life is to belong to the devil,
since the devil was a sinner from the beginning.
It was to undo all that the devil has done
that the Son of God appeared.
No one who has been begotten by God sins;
because God’s seed remains inside him,
he cannot sin when he has been begotten by God.
In this way we distinguish the children of God
from the children of the devil:
anybody not living a holy life
and not loving his brother
is no child of God’s.
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