Paul shows us that the true breakthrough in learning to be Christian comes not when we succeed at perfection but when we realize that we will always fail. We are equally sinner and saint.
Season after Pentecost | 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13; (Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm 145:8-14;) Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Does it always happen that humans sin? Obviously not. But is there any chance that they will not sin?
I had just arrived in a new parish when a member told me how, in a horrific flash of fewer than two years, her husband died, her son was incarcerated for drug possession and her daughter committed suicide. The woman was disconsolate, drowning in grief and despairing of her empty, painful future. That's when her pastor dared to say something so bold, so outrageous, that she never forgot it.