Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit
through the bond of peace;
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
Today we have part of the letter that St. Paul wrote back to the community at Ephesus to encourage them in the faith. Allow these words of St. Paul to be spoken to us today, “I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received….”
We have been called by a loving Father to a life of humility, gentleness, patience and love. We were created in God’s image and likeness and are called to live in that dignity. Do I live up to the dignity in which I was created? Or do I live at a level that is well below what the Lord desires of me?
We are beloved sons and daughters of God. We are called to be holy, to be set apart, to be Christ-like. We are called to love sacrificially, to lay down our lives for others, to serve and not to be served. We are called to live by the power of the Holy Spirit and seek the will of God above our own will.
Am I living up to the call of the Lord in my life?
How would I respond to St. Paul’s urging in today’s reading?
What do I need to change in my life today?
Have a blessed day!