A Virus Called Sin

11 Dec

Nowadays, up-to-date antivirus software is essential for proper function of a home computer. I learned this the hard way (silly me!) when my antivirus subscription recently expired. Within only a short time, there was a horrible deluge of viruses, popup advertisements, and other nasty things that slowed my PC down to a crawl and made surfing the internet (and thus blogging) nearly impossible. Then I bought a new version of software, and this got things back to normal…

trojan horses…zap!
popup ads… gone!
hard-drive clogging unnecessary temp files…poof!

Back to normal indeed…well, almost…Still lurking somewhere out of the reach of Norton or McAfee is a most insidious virus called Sin. It doesn’t affect computers so much as the soul. This virus, Scripture tells us, causes death. (cf. Romans 6:23). And this Original virus (cf. Genesis 3) has been passed through generations from the very first time a sin was committed (maybe that apple in the Garden of Eden had a worm ;)

If only there were a Blue Screen of Death: “Sin.exe…This soul has committed an illegal operation and will be shut down…eternally”

But we sinners don’t get this warning, aside from our consciences (cf. Romans 2:15) when we let sin infect us. We know not the day nor the hour of judgement (Mt. 25:13) when Jesus Christ will come “like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2) to separate those worthy of Heaven from the rest.

The challenge, then, is to stay alert and patiently await the Lord’s coming while preparing ourselves through repentence and encouraging others to do the same. (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5: 5-11)

Proper repentence through the observance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is important, especially in this time of Advent. To make a proper confession, it is necessary, in computer lingo, to perform a full system scan. No, just scanning some drives won’t cut it…that would miss some viruses. And that annoying adware, tempting us to buy this and that?? Feel free to talk to a priest anytime about pressing temptations, even if they haven’t yet led to sin. Failure to recognize our sin and to ask forgiveness from God, neighbour, and community will allow that awful virus to infiltrate and cause eternal doom. Don’t be like me…update your virus removal capabilities regularly (on your computers). For your soul, failing to do so is the only unforgivable sin (cf. Mark 3:29). We need to know our sin and also God’s all-encompassing mercy. God takes our sins and immediately clicks the mouse on “remove”.

Finally, don’t forget prayer. This, along with talking to other knowlegeable people about temptation, worries, and other vexations about our faith is the ultimate firewall against sin.
God is there to help. “He gave his Beloved Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus will also come again as He promised, so let us be ready. Sin will be defeated. The serpent’s head will be crushed (cf. Genesis 3:15) by the Incarnate Jesus who is at once God and neighbour, help and salvation.

Amen. Come Lord Jesus.



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