Read Romans 8.1-5

                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. For 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.

 

from Life in Liturgy

What’s on your mind today? Things of the Spirit? For many, each day begins a new round of struggling over things that sound too trite and ordinary to be counted as “spiritual.” But before you consign them to “the flesh,” take a pause. Flesh, as Paul uses it here, doesn’t simply refer to the things that we have to do to survive or even to enjoy life; it’s a word cast upon those things that people do to try to impress God (or anybody else). Doing work, paying bills, raising children, eating food, making love – those are not things of the flesh, but blessed and holy proceedings for all who are able to partake in them.   But flaunting spirituality, boasting of religious or moralistic attention to detail, focusing on self-perfections…that’s another story. Those things take us nowhere, and leave little room for the Spirit to act in our lives to help us find and grow in faith.

Set your mind, for just this day (and maybe a few more), on living a life that is unconcerned with impressing God, and more concerned with thanking God for the joy of the ordinary, the simplicity of faith, and opportunity to grow.

Open my mind, O God, to the movement of your Spirit who calls me to live more fully

by simply embracing the world you have created and the life you have given me.

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