The Social Character of Sin

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As sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men.” (Romans 5:12)

There is a common adage that when oil touches one finger, it spreads to the others. Every sin has a way of affecting others. Hence, Jesus was so particular about avoiding scandals.

For Jesus, it is better for a stone to be tied to your neck and you be thrown into the river than to lead one of these little ones astray. A single sin, a single bad example can affect thousands of people around you and even the next generation.

The Good news is that whatever applies to sin also applies to goodness. According to St. Paul, “for just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience, the many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19). Just as sin destroys others, being good (being obedient to God’s commandments) brings blessings to many others.

This is what Jesus tells us in the Gospel passage today: “Be dressed for action and have your lamps burning.” (Luke 12:35-37). In other words, “let your light be shining at all times.”

Live your life as if every day is your last. Live in such a way that whenever God decides to call you, you will be good enough for heaven.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you gave your life for me, teach me to live not only for myself but for others. Amen.

Bible Study: Romans 5:12,15,17-21, Ps. 40:7-10,17, Luke 12:36-38)

Fr. Abu

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