The flesh is weak. The point being? … Friday, June 7

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Do you think this guy started out this way? Or did he have to work up to it?

 

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41. Goes hand in hand with what Paul said, doesn’t it? “For the good which I will, I do not; but the evil which I will not, that I do.” Romans 7:19. We’re always doing things that we ought not do even when we want to do otherwise. Its called concupiscence, or the tendency to sin. We always lean in that direction because of our fallen nature. That doesn’t mean we’re obligated to follow through with temptation, it just means that in this life it will always be there unless God takes it out of the way. Sometimes He does, mostly He doesn’t. Why? Because fighting temptation grows spiritual muscle and if we resist the smaller things we’ll have the training to deal with the bigger ones when they come. All with God’s help of course. Jesus, God in the flesh. Concentrate on the flesh here for just a moment. He knew it was weak, He just said so. He even prayed that the cup, the one filled to the brim with His suffering, might pass Him by. More importantly He prayed for God’s will first and foremost. He had His priorities in the proper order, didn’t He? A role model for us. What did God do? Did He remove the cup? Hardly. But what DID God do? He sent an angle to strengthen Christ. “And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” Luke 22:43a. Did that make it all better? “And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. ” Luke 22:43b. No, it didn’t. But there was STRENGTH there. The flesh IS weak. The real point is that even though the flesh is weak, God ISN’T.

Today …

St. Robert of Newminster

 

 


St. Robert of Newminster

Robert Of Newminster, Saint, Abbot, (Benedictine) Cistercian, (1100-1159). A priest from North Yorkshire who took the Benedictine habit at Whitby and obtained permission to join some monks of York who were attempting to live according to a new interpretation of the Benedictine rule at Fountains abbey (1132). Fountains soon became Cistercian and one of the centres of the White Monks in N. England. Newminster abbey in Northumberland was founded from it in 1137, and Robert became its first abbot. He is described as gentle and merciful in judgement. Think of Cistercians as VERY strict Benedictines. There is a Cistercian monastery not so very far from me. I’ve never been, I don’t travel so well. But I know someone who went. A lady from church. When she went to Mass at this monastery? There was a separate door for the ladies so as to keep the monks apart from any outside influence. Now THAT’S strict. St. Robert, as an abbot, knew all about the weakness of the flesh, both his own and that of others. But he’s a saint, isn’t he? So weakness doesn’t lend itself to failure, does it? No, weakness, rightly faced, lends itself to God.

Think … Do we lose ground by admitting our weaknesses? “But he giveth greater grace. Wherefore he saith: God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” James 4:6.

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