Romans 7:15-25 – The 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time â€“ for Sunday, July 6, 2014
â€œFor I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.â€ (Romans 7:19)
For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.
The crass side of modern me wanted Paul to spill detailed dirt about the evil that he did.
Did Paul click a first-century mouse once too often for some easy-access pornography? Was he leering at little boys? Would he be referring to lustful thoughtsâ€”even lustful actionsâ€”related to his neighborâ€™s wife? Can we read a tad more about how much of his tent-makerâ€™s paycheck was lost to the horses or poker? When he broke bread with Jesusâ€™ followers, what happened to the leftover wine? The guy had harsh words about certain people in other letters to other communities; what if his criticism and sarcasm in person made his writing feel tame? Did Paul gossip? Did he â€œlightenâ€ the offering plates? What was his drug of choice? Was he gay or a gay-basher? Was he disabled or belittle those that were? Did he stutter or . . . Continue reading →