Week XXIX: Friday

“For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.” (Romans 7:18.)

In commenting on these verses from today’s First Reading, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“Paul is not attacking the flesh when he says this. The fact that nothing good dwells in it does not mean that it is evil. Paul is not finding fault with the body but pointing out that the soul is superior to it. It is the soul which governs the body and is responsible for sin, not the flesh.” (Homilies on Romans, 13.)

Almighty ever-living God,
grant that we may always conform our will to yours
and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen