Word of the Month

A little sin

July 2017

Anyone who tries to eat somewhat healthily will do their best to keep to certain rules. Once you put your mind to it, it actually works quite well. Every now and again, however, it happens that we “slip up”—a glass of wine too many, snacking on a chocolate bar, or perhaps a piece of cake we simply couldn’t refuse at the coffee table.

Anyone who makes the endeavour to live in accordance with the divine commandments and in harmony with the gospel will often have a similar experience: actually, everything generally works out quite well, with the exception of a few little “slip-ups” that still manage to crop up despite our best efforts. Nothing serious, we tell ourselves. Not the rule, but rather the exception: failing to tell the whole truth here, losing our self-control a little there, or perhaps going over our limit somewhere else. Most of the time we later merely regret having “sinned a little”.

But with God, there is no such thing as a “little sin”. Anyone who violates even a single commandment is guilty of breaking the whole law, says Holy Scripture. This is because we thereby violate the divine order. And this only ever exists as a whole. Fortunately, however, there is also grace.

It’s a good thing none of us ever have to worry about not receiving enough grace—because wherever sin abounds, grace abounds much more.

Food for thought from a divine service by the Chief Apostle