an easy sin


March 25, Saturday 2017


The tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner." I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other. -Luke 18:13-14 

From the moment a creature becomes aware of God as God and of itself as self, the terrible alternative of choosing God or self for the center is open to it. This sin is committed daily by young children and ignorant peasants as well as by sophisticated persons, by solitaries no less than by those who live in society: it is the fall in every individual life, the basic sin behind all particular sins: at this very moment you and I are either committing it, about to commit it or repenting it. 

Lord, I know I choose myself rather than you. I am sorry.