Monday, March 23, 2015
REFLECTION ON THE BOOK OF SIRACH by Cynthia Abegail
My son, if you have sinned, do so no more, and for your past sins, pray to be forgiven. Flee from sin as from a serpent, that will bite you if you go near it; its teeth are lion's teeth, destroying the souls of men. Sir 21: 1-2
Sometimes, a man could be so used to sinning that it becomes overfamiliar and so one gets immune to the art of sinning. It is advisable to flee the sin as in the time of temptation. Well, we are weak and so have low resistance to sin just like a person that easily catches flu. On the other hand, flu's effects could be reduced by vaccination. Let us have a regular vaccination of God's Word which will not only reduce the severity of our sins but could be a total turn-off for the Evil One. As in a flu, we have to prevent it by fortified Vitamin C in juices or fruits. In the same way, let us fortify ourselves with prayer which could increase our stamina against the viruses of sin. We need to rest too so as to give the body a break from the oxidants around us. In the same fashion, let us rest at times from the gruelling demands of the flesh and of the world like over-exposure to the lures of physical desires! Let us meditate about God and the divine things so as not to lose our focus.
Indeed, it is not an easy task. But we are not meant to do it alone; we will be helpless. Let us bend our knees and ask for God's help all the time. No, it is not a cliche when I say we and not I alone! Because salvation is not meant for you and me only. We are all in solidarity for salvation! And, "for nothing is impossible for God!"
Cliches are a thing of the past! For God, simplicity and humility and sincerity are foremost. God never tires of us. Yes, cliches are elitist words...we are meant to be true to ourself and just be as simple as we are.
There are no cliches for God! He knows us, every fabric of us. Man gets overfamiliar, but God's ways are not our ways.