Reflection on Rom 7:4Post date: 2019-03-09
Reflection on Rom 7:4
In the previous verses 1-3, we find a picture of a wife and two husbands. The first husband represents the law of God, which is just and perfect. The other husband represents Christ. So long as the woman is joined to the first husband, there are always demands made on her, but the perfect husband, the law, never lifts a little finger to help her carry them out. She desires to marry the other husband, but she cannot be freed from the first one. And because he refuses to die, the only way out for her is to die herself. This death is the mystery of baptism through which we were immersed into the death of Christ and share in the new life of Christ. This picture shows the deep reality that Jesus not only died on the cross for us, but if we have spiritually entered into His death through baptism and faith, it means that we have been made free from the law of sin, and thus from the just law as well. Why? Because Christ is the fulfilment of the law, and if we are in Him – that means, if we unite our will to His will – we are free not only from sin but also from the demands and punishments of the law. If we are in Christ, we do not sin, but as soon as we break this unity, we sin. It may be little things but we sin. The Scripture says: “Whatever is not from faith is sin.” It means that whatever we do out of our own will, without Christ, or contrary to His will is sin.
Verse 4 says that we have become dead to the law through the body of Christ. Here the body of Christ does not mean the Church as an external organization which puts together both the righteous and sinners but it is the living Body of Christ formed by those who have been justified by Christ and who through the obedience of faith are His mystical members because they have the Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9) and are joined to a living vine like branches which draw strength and life from the vine.
Next, the verse says that we should bear fruit to God, but the condition is that we should be married to another – to Him who was raised from the dead – Jesus. Then we will bear much fruit. Jesus said: “Without Me you can do nothing.” (Jn 15)
If we are with Jesus, we bear much fruit. Every act of self-denial, every good deed, every attendance at Mass, every holy hour, and every prayer of faith bears much fruit. Fruit for eternity. Because we do it all by faith and in union with Jesus. During the following two weeks, let us try to pray especially for our nation and its future, and make little sacrifices. This is what everyone can do.
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