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Reflection on Gal 5:17-18

Post date:   2019-05-18
Autor:   BCP


Reflection on Gal 5:17-18


« For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;
and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.»

In chapter seven of the Epistle to the Romans, which we reflected on in the previous weeks, it is emphasized several times that we want to do good but we automatically do evil. It is said here that it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. The Epistle to the Galatians develops this truth in depth. It clearly points out that sin works especially through the lusts of the flesh to enslave man. It is impurity, alcoholism, drug addiction, gluttony…


The lusts of the flesh are aroused, literally whipped up, by the system of the world through mass media, decadent music, impure images, advertisements and the culture of consumerism. Resistance to it is an act of extraordinary heroism and requires extraordinary strength. That is why we pray, receive the sacraments, humble ourselves, repent and admit our sins daily. We thus obtain not only the strength but also the grace to overcome our weakness as well as the system of the world and the spirit of evil which influence us. Once again we need to realize that our struggle is against the flesh, the world and the devil, as the Catechism teaches us. And this struggle is of great significance! Eternal life is at stake! We know neither the day nor the hour, and every act of love, every self-humiliation, every self-denial out of love for Jesus and for the sake of our salvation is extremely important. What is more, if we sacrifice it for the conversion of others, every suffering or self-humiliation obtains grace for them. Once, when the book of life is opened, wherein each page is like one day, we will be shown our sacrifices, our prayers and our struggle, in thoughts or feelings, against sin which is in us as well as against the forces of darkness which work especially through the system of the world.


If we are led by the Spirit of God, the law can no longer judge us because the Spirit of God does not lead us into sin. On the contrary, He gives us the strength to fight, and when we fall He gives us the strength to repent and rise at once and to continue our fight rather than to be plunged in despair or in the spirit of betrayal of our soul and of Jesus who redeemed us by paying the price of His life.


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