Christ will be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results – I do not know what I should choose.
I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake.
Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel of Christ.
Second reading for the 25th Sunday of the Year
St Paul lives love and lives in service of God and neighbour.
He finds himself not by going his own way but by living in imitation of Christ, indeed by living in Christ: Christ who came not to be served but to serve.
Like his Master, for love’s sake, Paul is willing to pay the price of faithfulness to God’s will.
- What do you do for God’s sake and the sake of your neighbour?
- What do others do for your benefit?
Carved ivory panel in the collection of the Louvre, Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.