You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.
Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wives, give way to your husbands, as you should in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and treat them with gentleness. Children, be obedient to your parents always, because that is what will please the Lord. Parents, never drive your children to resentment or you will make them feel frustrated.
Second reading for the Feast of the Holy Family
The Gospel – of God’s abiding love for his people, for all his people, always – is always good. But for it to be news too, it needs to surprise us by its goodness from time to time.
That surprise will sometimes come from our reading and reflection; sometimes from our listening. But most powerfully it comes from the examples of others who find their inspiration, sometimes in the good, and sometimes in the God who is the source of all that is good.
Inspired they give new flesh and presence to the love and mercy that heals hurt and gives hope…
And it is then our call, our privilege, to do likewise…
Stained Glass, Gloucester Cathedral. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.