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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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October 23th, 2013
Emily Peterson

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In today’s reading from Romans, we are invited to reflect on the dichotomy between sin and righteousness. We are given a choice between being slaves to sin, and being used for negative purposes, or being slaves to righteousness, and allowing ourselves to be open to God’s grace. With His help, we have the power to choose righteousness and no longer live as slaves to sin. Although slavery has negative connotations, we have the opportunity to become slaves in a positive way, by letting go and allowing God’s grace to work through us.

The gospel reading this week focuses on preparedness and self-awareness. It is sometimes easy to forget the greater goal or the overall purpose of our activities. For example, many college students go through their classes on autopilot, taking notes and writing papers and cramming for tests, without taking time to remember that they are working towards something greater: a career in which they can make a difference in the world, maybe, or the opportunity to become experts in something that interests them. They have lost sight of their ultimate goal, and so they miss out the importance of their everyday experiences.  Likewise, it is important not to lose sight of our ultimate goal as Christians, otherwise we will become like the servant “who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will.” We have the opportunity every day to grow closer to God or further away, and sometimes it is helpful to step back and remind ourselves of our ultimate goal and purpose, so that we can become like the “faithful and prudent steward,” prepared when the master arrives.

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