The Second reading on Sunday, the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time came from the Letter to the Ephesians. It calls us to an exceptional quality of life and love.
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.
We are called to love God and love neighbour, not just in theory but in practice.
The ways of falling short are many and manifold.
- To which are you most susceptible?
- Why do you regret it?
- What helps you work against the failing?
Saints and lamps at the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. (c) 2013, Allen Morris