Meditation for Saturday the 29thWeek in Ordinary Time, Year B
(Rm 8:1-11; Lk 13:1-9)

Since we cannot even win the internal battle by ourselves unless, by the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, St Paul declares, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.” The grace of Jesus Christ, flowing from the Cross, assures victory over evil, sin, and death; it is always alive and active. Thus, this grace is our assured victory against the law of sin. God sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful man; He condemned sin in His flesh, thereby fulfilling the law, so that those who live by His grace in the Holy Spirit will, not only fulfill the law but achieve what the law could not achieve, i.e. justification and eternal life.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on things of the Spirit.” St Paul explains that the mind that is set on the flesh is death; such a mind is full of fear, hostility, lawlessness, etc. “And those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” But those who soar on the wings of grace in the Holy Spirit are alive and at peace with themselves, with others, and with God! “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

In the Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the fig tree to show how God has manured us with the rich grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. And made this grace available and accessible through the sacraments. We constantly need to repent and walk deeper in His grace, bearing fruits of righteousness for eternal life.

St John of Capistrano, pray for us. Amen.

Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Tedi-Muwo, Lagos.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021.

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