THE MIND SET ON THE FLESH

Monday, April 4, 2016

 

You, O Christ God, Who tasted death in the flesh for our sake at the ninth hour, put to death the mind set on our flesh, and save me!” (Byzantine Troparion of the Ninth Hour)

 

According to St. Paul, the “mind set on the flesh” is “hostile to God” (Rom 8: 7). That is to say, it is hostile to the life, peace, and freedom of His Spirit. “To set the mind on the flesh is death,” writes the Apostle, “but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Rom 8: 6) Why is this true? Because by their very nature, the desires and demands of the flesh, divorced from God, can never fully satisfy nor be satisfied. They are not sources of life, but only instruments thereof. So, when we turn them into more, mistaking them for our ultimate goal, they fail to satisfy. We are inevitably left hungry for “more.”

 

Today I ask my Lord to fulfil me, as only He can, Who nailed to the Cross my mistaken paths and desires; my “sin.” I let Him return me to “wholeness” today, to “salvation” in Him. Let me not split or fragment my yearning and desire for fulfilment in Him, by aspiring to the many surrogates of Him, available to me in the flesh. “Put to death the mind set on our flesh,” I ask Him today, “and save me!”

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