I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.
2nd reading for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The message is profoundly simple: live love.
Our calling is truly challenging, for it calls us to live the life of God in the various circumstances in which we find ourselves. However that it is possible for us to do this, is made clear to us in the lives of those, such as St Paul, who find freedom in the Lord.
- What in your life is not worthy of your vocation? Why?
- How might you draw on the grace of God to grow in love?
Detail of West Doors, Basilica of St Paul outside the Walls, Rome. © 2016, Allen Morris