Boiling Hot


The passage we read today from Paul’s letter to the Romans teaches us that we must be fervent in spirit.  Are we fervent in spirit?  In order to know, we have to understand what that phrase actually means.  In the original Greek, the word fervent means “to boil with heat.”  In the spiritual sense, to be fervent in the spirit means to be consumed with fire for the Lord.

Are you there?  Am I?  Or are we the “slackers” in the spiritual life that Paul warns against?

Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

The list that Paul provides us with the roadmap of how to live in fervency of the spirit.  We must be giving, forgiving, prayerful, merciful and charitable.

Can we do it?  Certainly.

Should we do it?  Of course.

Will we do it?

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4 Responses to Boiling Hot

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    To be fervent in spirit is to be filled with an intensity, an enthusiasm, even a passion, in everything. It requires accepting and treating every task of every size as a direct assignment from the Lord.
    So whether or not you believe that after three days of being dead and entombed, Jesus got up and walked out of his own accord, what you cannot argue about is the fervent belief of the followers that this happened.

    • Jeff Kline says:

      Believing in something does not make it real, no matter how crucial to our world view. We believe because it is real and true, whether resurrection, real presence, or existence and immortality of the soul, etc. That said, fervent beliefs are what is evident to our neighbors, and can help to spread the kingdom of God on the Earth.

  2. Roy Steele says:

    Faith is the key word here. As Christians and as Catholics we do. Together in worship with our fellow parishoners we share that Faith together. In this way it becomes stronger, doesn’t it?

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