My brothers, be united in following my rule of life. Take as your models everybody who is already doing this and study them as you used to study us.
I have told you often, and I repeat it today with tears, there are many who are behaving as the enemies of the cross of Christ. They are destined to be lost. They make foods into their god and they are proudest of something they ought to think shameful; the things they think important are earthly things.
For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe.
So then, my brothers and dear friends, do not give way but remain faithful in the Lord. I miss you very much, dear friends; you are my joy and my crown.
Second reading for Second reading of Lent
Sometimes the miracle of God’s grace working on us is very dramatic. At other times it is slow and barely perceptible, even as it progresses and transforms us.
Did you set out on your keeping of Lent this year with particular hopes and intentions?
- How are you doing?
- What effect are those things having? If you are keeping to them?
- And if you are not keeping to them, what might you learn from that?
Image: Couvent des Jacobins, Toulouse. (c) 2018, Allen Morris