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Reflection on Rom 7:14-15

«For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practise;
but what I hate, that I do.»

The Apostle Paul shows here a contradiction, a kind of spiritual schizophrenia, which is caused by original sin in us. The law of God is holy but every one of us is subject to carnality and mentality, and both the body and soul are influenced by the law of sin. Our spirit thirsts for God but is bound and imprisoned by our corrupt nature. Everyone can see by experience that the law of sin is at work in us. This is proved by the fact that we want to do good and we love good but we do evil which we hate and do not want to do. There is a law of sin here. Law is a principle which repeats itself; it is not something that happens just once. The law of sin is at work while we live this life in time. This is what we must reckon with and what the Word of God tells us about. Therefore we need to walk by faith. For there is not only the law of sin but also the law of the Spirit – which will be mentioned in the next verses – and the latter is at work if in concrete situations we unite ourselves to our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Word of Life – Rom 7:14-15 (7/4/2019 – 21/4/2019)

“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do,

that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”

Additional explanation for the preceding Word of life (Romans 7:5-6)

The Word of God says that when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions were at work in our members. The law did not give the strength to overcome them; on the contrary, by bringing them to light it made our conscience see every detail of sin, and the conscience was bound. Let us emphasize: the law did not give us the strength to overcome the sinful passions in proportion to our understanding. The law only convicted us of what is deep within us, namely the source of lies and evil connected with pride and sinful passions and bearing fruit to death.

Concerning verse six, someone may misunderstand it and draw the wrong conclusion, for it is written there: “…we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by…” But it does not mean that freedom is deliverance from the law. The true meaning is expressed in the next words: “…so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.” True freedom is only in Christ!

Let us do works of worth for eternity (+german version)

Let us do works which are of worth for eternity. Let us do them together with Jesus. Let us be with Him. This is of worth for eternity; otherwise it is good for nothing. We tend to do things for effect and desire the praise of others. More often than not we receive no praise but are rather beaten and persecuted and there is no effect – it seems to us that we just wasted our time, energy… You can say: “Well, that’s how things are, but You know, Lord, that I acted in faith.” And then it is of worth for eternity, and the fruit will come later. The greatest crisis of Christians today is that they have not been instructed on how to respond properly to particular situations and so they flee the “battlefield”, give up and fall away because they have not learned the mystery of the cross: i.e. to give thanks to God and to make steps of faith. There was no one to teach them. The priests spoke just phrases about love…

Word of Life – Rom 7:5-6 (24/3/2019 – 7/4/2019)

“For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law

were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been

delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve

in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

Reflection on Rom 7:5-6

“For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”

If we reject Jesus as our Saviour and as the One who delivers us from the power of sin, sinful passions are at work in our members which are aroused rather than overcome by the law. Thus, the law is ineffective in the struggle against passions. It truly calls evil evil and a lie a lie, it also warns of punishment, but it gives no strength. The passions, which are produced by sin in us, bear fruit to death.

Next, the Scripture says that if we have died to what we were held by, we have been delivered through this death from the law. It does not mean physical death but our inner union with Christ’s death on the cross by being crucified with Him and by putting into practice the essence of baptism, which is our immersion in Christ’s death. In this inner death, i.e. in this union with Christ crucified who dying conquered death, is the fulfilment of the demands of the law. We are unable to fulfil them by ourselves. Union with Christ’s death makes us able to serve God, i.e. commit ourselves wholly to God, in the newness of life. The Spirit of God, who participated in the resurrection of Christ, then works in us, so that this new life in us may grow.

The gender issue in Lent 2019

March 14, 2019

Dear bishops, priests and faithful,

we have entered the Lenten season, the essence of which is repentance. Jesus says clearly, and His words apply to everyone, “Unless you repent, you will all perish!” And this is a very serious thing!

Not only the existence of Christianity but even the existence of the Czech nation is in store today. Neglecting what we ought to do is a serious sin. When speaking about the Last Judgment, Jesus uses harsh words, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment…” Why? “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.”

Heretics and apostates of Germany

17 March 2019

During their 11-14 March assembly in Lingen, the German Bishops’ Conference presented proposals concerning contraception, cohabitation, homosexual relationships and gender theory. It is quite evident that it is absolutely contradictory to the Church’s existing doctrine. The German bishops take no account of the reality of death, God’s judgment and eternity. They cynically break God’s law and commandments, i.e. the way to salvation. Jesus says about them: I do not know you. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Lk 13:27-28)

The approval of sin will continue in a series of discussions which the German bishops call a “synodal path” (note: to hell). This was presented by Card. Reinhard Marx, the President of the German Bishops’ Conference, who explained that the majority of the bishops called for a change with regard to sexual morality. He said: “Things cannot continue anymore as they did.”

Commentary: Indeed, things cannot continue anymore as they did because what the bishops demand is not Christian but demonic.

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Word of Life

“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

Gal 5:17-18 (19/5/2019 – 2/6/2019)