It is 25th October 2019. The readings are from Romans 7:18-25; and the Gospel from Luke 12:54-59. Right formation allows us to live a life with the right judgement and decisions. The inner spiritual struggle is observed every one of us as St. Paul explains in the first reading. To deal with sin in ourselves, we need to nourish our consciences with the Word of God and the teachings of the Church. Without that we will be misguided by the inner law that opposes God’s law. Joy to know and doing things with responsibility comes through grace and forgiveness offered by Jesus on the Calvary not by mere adherences of law. God’s love and law that is written in our heart always at loggerheads with the law that is imprinted in our body. The conflict, the tension between being good and doing good always under attack from within by the reign of sin in us. The path of perfection in us is corroded and collided with the particles of imperfection within each one of us. The current in the streams of sin washes the desire to love God and to serve humanity. “I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” (Rom. 7:19). The unquenchable desire to love God and to obey God’s law is either diverted, distracted and decimated by law of sin that resides in our body. Law does not have the power to transform and save us but it just shows what is right and wrong. Jesus is the only source of grace and redemption. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Lord, teach me your statutes.” (Ps.118:68). In the Gospel, Jesus points out the inability to discern and the inability to judge what is right. We all need to invest energy, resources and time in discerning the time of God than to focus all our energy in interpreting natural phenomena. As a missionary disciple, we need to pay attention to the signs of the times and its significance for our salvation in encountering and experiencing the presence of Christ. Let us not waste our resources for prediction rather to cherish the presence of the Lord. May you have a good day. May God bless you.

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