The second reading at Mass on Sunday last, the 17th in Ordinary time, came from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Like so much of that letter it exhorts to harmony, unity in Christ.
I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.
Our Christian vocation is to live and share the peace of Christ. In him we find our security, and the security that is his love and care, is his guidance and righteousness, is the gift we have to share with others.
As you journey through today, what do you encounter that promotes well-being and holiness?
- What works again it?
- How might you build on the first and work, gently, lovingly, to counter the other?
Stained glass from Holy Redeemer church, Pershore. (c) 2004, Allen Morris