of the flesh means the things our flesh desires. One way to sum up all the
“passions of the flesh” is to call them greed – the desire to have more things
to bring us comfort and peace of mind. But that shows us the real problem with
greed. Greed wages war against our soul, and it urges us to place our trust in
the things of this world and not in God. But St. Peter reminds us we are
sojourners and exiles. We belong to the Kingdom of God. We have been purchased
by the blood of Christ and belong to Him. That knowledge frees us from greed, and
it frees us for generosity.