In today’s first reading, we see the story of the world’s first murder. Cain killed his brother Abel because God looked favorably on Abel’s offering and Cain became resentful and jealous.
Before Cain committed this horrific act, the LORD says something to him that we must all hear. “Why are you so resentful and crestfallen? If you do well, you can hold up your head; bit if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.”
Sin is a demon lurking at the door. It has been thus since the fall, this much is true. But the more important part is what the LORD says after. “You can be his master.” We can master sin! How? By relying more and more on the grace and strength God provides. By drawing closer to Christ every day. The great saints have proven this. And what are we but saints in training? By saying yes to God more and no to Satan more, we will spend less time opening that door at which the demon is always lurking. Slam it shut!
Father, help us to truly master sin by opening ourselves more and more to your grace and strength, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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