Let’s be honest, these are not easy words from St. Paul. They can easily bog us down. It is easy to wonder just what is Paul trying to tell us.
Is Paul’s big problem with relationships, marriages and even sex, how they might impact our relationship with God? Certainly we know that Paul struggled with these things.
Perhaps Paul is trying to point out the difficulty of the life of faith; that living in relationship with God is not just about saying “no” to the things in life that we know are unhealthy for us-it is too easy for Christians to be consumed by trying to avoid sin.
Maybe Paul wants us to think about where God fits in the things that are important to us. How does our relationship with God fit within our relationships to our family, our friends, our neighbours, our work, our hobbies, our recreation, our chores, our obligations and commitments?
Paul seems to be reminding us that God is not just one part of a long list of things that are important in our lives, but a part of all the things that are important in our lives.
God, your Spirit lives within us, everywhere and always. Remind us of this. Amen. — EP