Did you know that a battle is going on in your mind right now? That’s what today’s second reading tells us. When Paul speaks of the “freedom” that Jesus won for us, he is telling us that we can win this battle and be free from the attacks of sin and temptation.
What is the battle for the mind? Simply stated, we all have an incredible number of virtues and gifts. We strive to be kind, generous, selfless, loving, patient, imaginative, and so on. At the same time, we can also be selfish, prideful, angry, moody, greedy, deceptive, lustful, lazy, jealous, and so on.
We all have sinful habits that need to be “put away” and virtuous impulses that we need to “put on” more and more. Every one of our decisions is influenced, in some way or other, by a combination of good and bad voices: the Holy Spirit, the devil, our family and friends, our memories, and our imaginations.
These voices all offer us different ways to approach how we live and the choices we make. The question we face in every situation is “Whom will I listen to? How will I decide?”
If you don’t want to be controlled by the negative influences, you’re going to need to do two things: let the Holy Spirit speak to you, and try your best to “take every thought captive” so that you can emphasize the upright thoughts and reject the negative ones.This means holding fast to everything you experience in prayer, the Eucharist, and Scripture.
Guard your mind as if you are carrying a valuable diamond in your pocket. Stay close to Jesus, and you’ll find yourself winning this battle for your mind.