Daily Devotion for October 17, 2011
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Prayer for the Morning
Blessed are you, O Lord my God, King of the universe, who removes sleep from my eyes and slumber from my eyelids. I thank you for all that you have done while I was asleep, watching over me and all your children while we slept unaware, and I pray that my thoughts and acts this day may show forth my love and thanks for you and all you have done for me.
Help me through your Holy Spirit, that I may remember what you have taught me in the Bible and it may show forth in my every deed. Let me not wander into the hands of sin, nor into the hands of pride or perversity, not into the hands of temptation, nor into the hands of shame, but steer my inclinations towards goodness and charity this morning and all the day. In the name of Christ I pray.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Father in heaven, creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon me and receive my heartfelt gratitude for all that you have done for me and for those I love. Thank you for all the graces and blessings you have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: Our faith and religious heritage; our food and shelter; our health; the love we have for one another; and the lives of our Lord and friends. Dear Father, in your infinite generosity, please grant us continued grace and blessings during the coming day. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, your only son, who has saved us from death.
May the Passion of Christ be ever in my heart. May your law and your goodness guide my every thought, O Lord. And may the power of your Holy Spirit flow through my words and my actions.
Walk with me, so that I may not be alone as I face this day, but always in your presence. Your joy is a lighthouse in a world often dark with sin, and I pray that I may inspire others as I have been inspired. In the name of Christ, bless me this day, and all whom I may meet.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
O my God, be not far from me!
Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation!
Romans 5:12-14 (ESV)
Adam and Christ 
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned — for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
Notes on the Scripture
Adam sinned by eating a fruit that God had forbidden him; a fruit from a specific tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God gave him one law, and he broke it; there was one punishment, death, and Adam suffered it. And worse, not only for himself, but for all men.
When Paul says that Adam "was a type of the one who was to come", he is speaking of Christ. Like Adam, Jesus acted for all men. Where Adam's actions cursed all men who came after, Christ's redeemed them from the curse. Of course, even though they were of the same type — their actions affected everyone — there was a fundamental difference between them, also. Since people knew of right and wrong after Adam and had the power to choose, they had to choose Jesus to receive the benefits he offered. The death that came from Adam afflicted all, a baleful birthright; but the life that came from Christ required a choice, to believe in him.
It was Moses who prepared us to make this choice. The law instructed us so that we could "count" our sins. The knowledge of good and evil was, in effect, made into a code of conduct; not to save us, because no child of Adam was able to follow it. Like Adam, every person born chose to disobey God; it is our nature, a curse carried by all of Adam's descendents.
But the law showed us the path to righteousness, by teaching us about our sinfulness. It therefore prepared us for the coming of Christ, that we might be wise enough to choose Christ, and life, and finally undo the damage that Adam had done. We could find righteousness before God even though our nature drove us away from Him.