There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. F
or 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 the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In translation of this reading that we hear at Mass, Paul writes: “The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.” We have the opportunity, throughout our days, to recognize the power of the spirit that exists not only within ourselves, but within others. It is this spirit that allows us to celebrate the gift of each day, and to celebrate the peace that such a gift brings. For if our concern is truly death, how does the beauty of life manifest and how is it recognized? May we be open to the concerns of the spirit, and to life and peace each day.
—Bernadette Gillick is a Marquette University alumna, and a former Clinical Instructor for Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern. Her ministry continues as a clinical researcher discovering treatments for stroke during infancy.
Dear Lord, may I live by the concern of the spirit, and be wise to the life and peace that surrounds me. Amen
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