Advent Series: We must decrease

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven”

– Matthew 7:21

Most people equate holiness to praying daily, frequenting the sacraments regularly, talking to others about Jesus, etc. But that is only, half the truth.

The reality is that, unless the sacraments and our prayers are able to transform our way of life, all the acts of piety which we perform are useless.

John 3:30 says,

“He must increase, I must decrease.”

Our acts of piety must translate into a transformation of our life.
Our pride, anger, restlessness, anxiety, unforgiveness, etc., must decrease while the qualities of Jesus such as love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, self-control must increase.

“If we perform all the acts of piety and portray an attitude of holiness to everyone but in reality we cannot love our fellow brothers and sisters, we are nothing but a noisy gong”

– 1 Corinthians 13:1

Let us reflect:

  1. How strong is our prayer time and our relationship with Jesus?
  2. Have our acts of piety been able to transform the way we lead our life?

Exercise
Abstain from something small today and offer the sacrifice for that one vice which you wish to transform into a virtue.

About Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa

Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa is currently a senior resident doctor in ENT at Goa Medical College. He hails from Porvorim and is an active member of Couples for Christ India, for over 15 years. Apart from writing for medical journals both national and international, his love and reverence for the teachings of the church inspired him to start writing about the catholic faith. His daily bible reflections offer great encouragement in the lives of many people, both young and old. He aspires to be a Saint and enjoys playing chess and table tennis in his free time.

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