The Second reading on Sunday, the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, comes from the Letter to the Ephesians. We’ve been hearing passages for a number of weeks now. Next week is our last passage from the letter, before we move on to the Letter of James.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with his seal for you to be set free when the day comes. Never have grudges against others, or lose your temper, or raise your voice to anybody, or call each other names, or allow any sort of spitefulness. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ. Try, then, to imitate God as children of his that he loves and follow Christ loving as he loved you, giving himself up in our place as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God. Ephesians 4:30-5:2
In the letter St Paul has reflected the gifts of love and unity the Church receives. Now, in this passage he reminds that the Church and its members are called to serve as other Christs.
- Who might you serve today?
- Who might serve you?
Gathered in prayer in the ruins of the former Coventry Cathedral. Anniversary of the Coventry Blitz, 2014. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.