Don't Ever Give Up
Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
Scriptural Readings: Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20; Matthew 5:17-19
My dear encountered couples:
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get awfully tired of trying to be perfect. Just when I think I’ve got it licked I say or do something that messes up my whole record. Jesus tells us we aren’t to break even the least significant of God’s commands. And most of us are still working on the major ones. Seems like we need about a thousand years before we even begin nearing success.
A thousand years wouldn’t do it either. We are not only children of God through baptism, we are children of Adam through birth. What does that mean? It means that as long as we are on this side of “kicking the bucket” we will be plagued with not only mischievous but sinful thoughts and desires. The effects of original sin might not be forever for those who love God, but they will stick with those who love God until they pass over from this life to the next.
Without a special miracle and dispensation, you and I will have to struggle from here to eternity with the keeping of the major and minor commandments of God. The least significant will pop up every day to make us stumble.
But cheer up! Jesus assures us everything will work out. “Of this much I assure you,” he said, “not the smallest letter of the law, not the smallest part of a letter shall be done away with until it all comes true.”
The law is that “we love God, that we love our neighbors as ourselves.” This law will come true - for those who work at it and trust that God can make it happen. Don’t ever give up! Perfection and sainthood are in your future.