Certainly as I prepare to write a column, I reflect first on the Scripture for the upcoming weekend. Then, in prayer and asking for God’s grace I attempt to write in a way that invites others to grow in their understanding of God and of his great love for us. This week as I read the Scripture I thought to myself, “There is no need to do anything but read and reflect personally on the letter from St. Paul.” I am speaking of the Second Reading, which I invite you to read as if it was written for you personally, for in fact, it was written for each of us:
From St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians:
Brothers and Sisters: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if anyone has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, you must also do. And over all these, put on love, that is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called on one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
What wonderful advice for the people of God! It is one thing to read it, another to live it. This reading calls us to action; put on good things, forgive one another, be thankful, sing with gratitude, and do all in the name of Jesus.
May God be with us all as we make every effort to live by St. Paul’s advice. And may we, above all things, put on LOVE, that is the bond of perfection. Have a wonderful week.
In hope and with gratitude,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC