The “to-don’t” list

The faucet was leaking. Because it needed new washers. It’s a cheap repair (less than a dollar for parts). All it takes is time and tools.

I took the faucet out to my workbench. The bench was (unsurprisingly) covered with stuff from my last repair job. Before I could fix the faucet, I had to clear off a space to work.

In Sunday’s second reading, St. Paul goes negative. Talking about a bunch of stuff we’re not supposed to do. 

Which tracks with a popular view of Christianity. That it’s all a bunch of “thou shalt nots.” That being good is all about not doing. 

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It’s a view that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The “to-don’t” list that St. Paul is talking about is all of the stupid stuff we did before we knew Jesus. The stupid stuff that leads us away from Jesus. St. Paul calls that stuff futile. Because it’s just a waste of time. 

The point of getting rid of all of the stupid stuff?

It’s same the point as cleaning off my workbench. It’s clearing off a space to work. It’s cleaning for a reason. Not so that we can sit around not doing. 

It’s to make room in our lives for all of the good things. And to do them instead. 

Because the last thing good is about is sitting around not doing. 

More on this tomorrow.

Sunday’s Readings