Always Do Right
Recently I discovered a quote that said: “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” I was saddened to think that doing right should astonish people. Shouldn’t we always try to do right?
In our second reading today Paul writes to the community of believers in Rome and tells them how they can do right: it is through living in the spirit. “If we live according to the flesh or according to the world we will die, but if we live according to the Spirit, we will live.” Paul also says, “we will have life in our mortal bodies, through the Spirit that dwells in us.” Only through God’s Holy Spirit can we do right. If you find doing right a burden and a huge challenge then hear these words of Jesus from today’s gospel: “Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Jesus will give us rest, refreshment and strength to do the right. Let us all join together in living by the Spirit and doing what is right, and if that astonishes others – wonderful. May God’s blessing be with you all.