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Choosing something better

By Fr. Jacob Arimpur VC

No one turns from their sins unless they have hope of something better. Sin offers us a kind of pleasure. We read, Moses chose to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin (Heb11:25). There is a kind of happiness we get from every sin but the problem as the Word of God indicates is its fleeting nature. Think of the Samaritan woman (Jn 4) who comes to the well, drinks the water and is satisfied for some time. Soon she feels the thirst and comes back to that same well which offers her the water that is not able to quench her thirst once and for all. Just like her we also have a well of sinful things to which we turn to again and again. We are enslaved because it gives us a happiness that is momentary. Now if we want to break free then we need to set our eyes on something that is better. The prodigal son who was in the pigsty made a comparison and found out that even the hired hands at his father’s house are in a much better situation. So he decided to get back to his father hoping that he would be at least treated as one of his servants (Lk 15:18,19) which is by far better than his present miserable condition. If the prodigal son had known that when he returned, the father would run to meet him, put a robe on his back, a ring on his finger, and kill the fattened calf for a meal to celebrate the son’s return, he would surely have come back sooner!

“Bless the LORD who satisfies you with good” (Ps 103:1,5)

Giving up your sin becomes possible when you know what God has in store for you. When you know that God’s grace is waiting for you, you will feel free to confess your sins and to forsake them. Otherwise, you may just hold onto it. Notice how Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman – “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (Jn 4:14). Jesus shows the woman that there is a great thirst in her soul – a sense of looking for something more than she has found in her life – a sense of longing, hungering, and thirsting. Jesus speaks of “a spring of water” that is a source of better joy and satisfaction. This joy and satisfaction that Jesus gives will never end: “It will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Before confronting the sins of the Samaritan woman Jesus first instils in her heart a hope of something better. She is living in a world where she had made herself believe that the happiness she is experiencing is the real one. She is far from the truth and therefore Jesus, before dealing with her sins, teaches her about something that she had never known before.

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you” (Ps 39:7)

No one turns from their sins unless they have the hope of something better. Change always begins with that hope. We all experience some sort of happiness by indulging in sinful activities. Satan desires that we continue to remain in such a situation. Therefore, he makes us believe the lie that we are happy. Our life can be so much more than what it has been. If only we have the hope of a better joy and satisfaction that comes from Jesus we would have taken more sincere steps towards the path of transformation.

Prayer

“O Lord my God, teach my heart this day where and how to see you, where and how to find you. You have made me and remade me, and you have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, and still I do not know you. I have not yet done that for which I was made. Teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire; let me desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you.” -St. Anselm

 

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