Jer 33: 14-16 What is honesty and integrity if it is not the virtuous life? This is what the world needs to see today – men and women placing virtue, placing honesty and integrity before all other things. Yes, there are many things in the world that are attractive, but isn’t the knowledge that we have done the right thing attractive also. I think it becomes even more attractive when we realize that it is the only criterion that will matter on Judgment Day!

Holy Spirit, empower me to live a life of integrity and honesty so that the witness I give to the Gospel will be holy and pure.

1 Thes 3: 12 – 4: 2 All through Paul’s writings we discover exhortations to holiness and faith. It is this sort of life that will promote the Gospel and overcome evil. There is always a cost involved in living the truth and often the cost involved is without sense according to the world’s priorities. This is a key point to remember: the priorities of the world and the Kingdom of God should be the same but often they are not. Why? Sin is the reason why. Sin has infected the priorities of the world and we have to stand against this infection.

Jesus, help me to be able to discern and reject the lies of sin when I am confronted with them in my life no matter how attractive they may seem at the time. Keep me faithful to the truth.

Lk 21: 25-28. 34-36 The mistaken values we confront in the world can be not only attractive but very persistent. For example, the idea that we place pleasure at the heart of our lives is a very attractive suggestion. However, we must remember that there are two types of pleasure. The first is legitimate and thus according to the values of the Gospel; the second id not because it has as its guide the values of sin. We must learn to discern the difference between pleasure that is good and pleasure that is a result of sin.

Father in Heaven, you desire that we enjoy our lives here on earth; you have given us pleasure as a good of life. Help us to avoid following the paths of illegitimate pleasure – those guided by sin.