Grace to you!
“In the Old Testament we have the narrative about man’s first Fall in Genesis 3. God communicated to us the Fall of man and how Original Sin came into the world through one single act of disobedience by our first parents. Through that act, Adam and Eve were removed from paradise, and we lost our original communion with God. A deep wound was ‘created’ in our human nature (Original Sin) which means, among other things, deprivation of Divine life in our souls—of true communion with God—leaving us subject to death (cf. CCC 404-405). It also means we have an inclination to do evil called concupiscence—“the movement of the sensitive appetite contrary to the operation of human reason.” So much so that St. Paul said, “For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Rom. 7:15).
St. John tells us there are three categories of concupiscence, namely: lust of the flesh; lust of the eyes; and the pride of life. The Good News is that Our Savior Jesus Christ died for us and gave us the sacrament of Baptism where we are cleansed from Original Sin and our Divine life in Christ is restored.
However, we need to be aware that concupiscence continues, even though we have been renewed through Baptism. Concupiscence is not, in itself, a sin, and the Catholic Church makes this clear. When a person welcomes God’s grace, and thereby controls the evil inclinations, he or she, though vulnerable, is not a radical sinner, as some may preach today. We are wounded but healed and healing soldiers. However, we have to try not to incur other wounds by scratching the old wound with some, may I say, sharp objects.
Sin is a sharp object in the moral realm. The sharpness of the object depends on the nature of the sin. Venial sins are less sharp than mortal sins but mortal sins are so sharp they can tear healed wounds apart—so much so, that scars become fresh again! These sharp objects—sins—come not from outside but from within us, and our internal responses to external stimuli.
Our Blessed Lord once said, “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man” (Mt. 15:11).”
(Excerpt From: Maurice Nkem Emelu. “Word for a Wounded World: Volume I.” iBooks).
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.