“We have all withered like leaves and our sins blew us away like the wind.” Isaiah 63:16-19; 64:2-7
“With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women, who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments.” Luke 8:1-3
To conquer sin we need Our Lord’s help. Pray at the moment of temptation to avoid sin, especially sins of the flesh.
“Let us pray.
we share in the light of your glory
through your Son, the light of the world.
Make this new fire holy, and inflame us with new hope.
Purify our minds by this Easter celebration
and bring us one day to the feast of eternal light.
We ask this through Christ the Lord.”
Daily Roman Missal
“It was this salvation that the prophets were looking and searching so hard for, their prophecies were about the grace which was to come to you…Free your minds, then, of encumbrances; control them, and put your trust in nothing but the grace that will be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Do not behave in the way that you liked to before you learnt the truth; make a habit of obedience: be holy in all you do, since it is the Holy One who has called you, and scripture says: Be holy, for I am holy.” Peter 1: 10-16
“God our Father
you sent your Son
to free mankind from the power of death.
May we who celebrate the coming of Christ as man
share more fully in his divine life,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.”
Daily Roman Missal
We see in today’s Gospel Jesus welcoming sinners, but the hope is that they will repent–turn away from sin — and become identified with the Lord in spirit and truth.
“The spirit acquires in contemplation its greatest vitality and attains to the plenitude of being.” Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
“…that we might praise Him for His work in creatures.” St. Teresa of Avila. The Interior Castle
“Do not give your heart to your money, or say, ‘With this I am self-sufficient.’ Do not be led by your appetites and energy to follow the passions of your heart. And do not say, ‘Who has authority over me?’ for the Lord will certainly be avenged on you…do not be so sure of forgiveness that you add sin to sin.” Ecclesiasticus 5: 1-10
To really feel good about ourselves, and live the law of love, we need to master ourselves and overcome sin.
“Even today, whenever Moses is read, the veil is over the minds of the Israelites. It will not be removed until they turn to the Lord. Now this Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, with our unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow brighter and brighter as we turn into the image that we reflect; this is the work of the Lord who is Spirit.” II Corinthians 3:15-17