Sunday, February 16, 2014

Frodo's Warning

Toward the end of The Two Towers, Frodo warns Gollum of a promise he made on the One Ring. Frodo says of the ring, " will seek a way to twist it to your own undoing. Already you are being twisted. You revealed yourself to me just now, foolishly. 'Give it back to Smeagol' you said. Do not say that again! Do not let that thought grow in you! You will never get it back. But the desire of it may betray you to a bitter end."

The ring "mastered you long ago" he warns.

What promises have we made to "precious" sins? We promise with our actions, our money, our words, our thoughts. Just a little more. Just this last time. No one will know. No one will be hurt.

Yet sin, especially habitual sin, finds ways to twist our intentions and purposes and desires. We rationalize and let ourselves give in. "Just a little".

To us Frodo warns "do not let that thought grow in you!" He echoes St. Paul's teaching that Christians must "take every thought captive in obedience to Christ." (2 Cor 10:5b)

Sins twists and betrays. It sneaks up on us. It grows slowly until it becomes precious to us.

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