Friday, October 27, 2017
For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (First reading Rom 7:18-25a)
Ah yes, temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. How often have we heard this (or thought it)? Paul certainly was tormented by his inability “to do right.”
It seems he might be passing the buck and blaming that which makes him sin: “Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it.” “Who then?” we ask.
Our rampant nation-wide opioid addiction gives evidence of the truth of Paul’s words. This addiction is everywhere. It rules people who serve the drugs they crave. They are enslaved. They die – in large numbers, young and old.
As I noted above, Paul said, “Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it.” Who then? The answer is the demons within fed by opioids.
Who will deliver? God through Jesus Christ our Lord, but not without a lot of help – and that’s us tending to those nailed to their crosses of addiction. Pulling out those nails is no easy task, but we must try.
Deacon David Pierce