Taste and See: Becoming new

Christian, Cairo The Second Reading at Mass yesterday came from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians.

I want to urge you in the name of the Lord, not to go on living the aimless kind of life that pagans live. Now that is hardly the way you have learnt from Christ, unless you failed to hear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus.

You must give up your old way of life; you must put aside your old self, which gets corrupted by following illusory desires. Your mind must be renewed by a spiritual revolution so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God’s way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth.

Ephesians 4:17,20-24

Over these coming days many of us will have the privilege of more leisure than usual. It gives an opportunity to rest. It also gives a chance to take stock.

  • How would you describe your ‘old’ life? What are its strengths? What its weaknesses?
  • What about the life that is lived that is closer to God’s ways? What attracts and challenges? How might you be able to grow towards this newness? And what might hold you back?
  • Spend a little longer in prayer, if you can. Considering, and giving thanks.

Image of Christian(s) from the Christian Museum, Cairo. (c) 2004, Allen Morris.