The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time is taken from the Letter to the Colossians
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.
That is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god; and never tell each other lies.
You have stripped off your old behaviour with your old self, and you have put on a new self which will progress towards true knowledge the more it is renewed in the image of its creator; and in that image there is no room for distinction between Greek and Jew, between the circumcised or the uncircumcised, or between barbarian and Scythian, slave and free man. There is only Christ: he is everything and he is in everything.
- What are the things in heaven that attract you?
- What are the things on earth that tempt you from the lasting things of heaven?
Christ, says the Letter, is our life.
- What is Christ like about you?
- What strengthens that identity in you?
Bring your responses to God in prayer.
Interior, Cathedral of Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, Russia. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.