Posted by: frburke23 | October 20, 2016

Thought for Friday, 29th Week in Ordinary Time

EPHESIANS 4:1-6
 
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.
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St. Paul wrote this letter to the community at Ephesus to encourage them in the faith. Paul was imprisoned, beaten and eventually killed for preaching the name of Jesus Christ. His whole life was poured out so that others might come to know Jesus and be saved.
 
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, love and unity. We were created in God’s image and likeness and are called to live in that dignity.
 
Am I responding to this call that God has placed in my heart?
Am I an agent of love and unity, allowing the Holy Spirit to transform my heart?
 
Through our baptism, each of us has become a beloved child of the “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” We share “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” We are not in competition with one another. Rather, we are called to encourage one another on this journey of faith so that together we may one day praise God in His presence in heaven.
 
Do I realize my dignity as a beloved child of God?
Do I see myself in competition with others?
What do I need to change in my life today in order to follow the urgings of St. Paul in this reading?
 
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
 
Spanish translation:
 
EFESIOS 4:1-6
Hermanos: Yo, Pablo, prisionero por la causa del Señor, los exhorto a que lleven una vida digna del llamamiento que han recibido. Sean siempre humildes y amables; sean comprensivos y sopórtense mutuamente con amor; esfuércense en mantenerse unidos en el espíritu con el vínculo de la paz.
 
Porque no hay más que un solo cuerpo y un solo Espíritu, como también una sola es la esperanza del llamamiento que ustedes han recibido. Un solo Señor, una sola fe, un solo bautismo, un solo Dios y Padre de todos, que reina sobre todos, actúa a través de todos y vive en todos.
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San Pablo escribió esta carta a la comunidad de Éfeso para animarlos en la fe. Pablo fue encarcelado, golpeado y finalmente asesinado por predicar el nombre de Jesucristo. Toda su vida fue derramada para que otros pudieran llegar a conocer a Jesús y ser salvados.
 
Permite que estas palabras de San Pablo nos sean dichas hoy, “Yo… los exhorto a que lleven una vida digna del llamamiento que han recibido….” Hemos sido llamados por un Padre amoroso a una vida de humildad, mansedumbre, paciencia, amor y unidad. Fuimos creados a imagen y semejanza de Dios y estamos llamados a vivir en esa dignidad.
 
¿Estoy respondiendo a este llamado que Dios ha puesto en mi corazón?
¿Soy un agente de amor y unidad, permitiendo que el Espíritu Santo transforme mi corazón?
 
A través de nuestro bautismo, cada uno de nosotros se ha convertido en un hijo/a amado de “un solo Dios y Padre de todos, que reina sobre todos, actúa a través de todos y vive en todos.” Compartimos “un solo Señor, una sola fe, un solo bautismo.” No estamos en competencia el uno con el otro. Más bien, estamos llamados a animarnos los unos a los otros en este camino de fe para que juntos algún día podamos alabar a Dios en Su presencia en el cielo.
 
¿Me doy cuenta de mi dignidad como hijo/a amado de Dios?
¿Me veo en competencia con los demás?
¿Qué necesito cambiar hoy en mi vida con el fin de seguir las exhortaciones de San Pablo en esta lectura?
 
¡Que tengas un día bendecido!
Padre Burke

Responses

  1. Beloved,

    Today’s reading as reflect upon by Fr. Masters, challenges us to respond to the call that God has placed on our hearts. We are all called to encouraged each other so that one day we can praise God in Heaven. Katie, as I shared with you from my heart, I want to be the man in your life that will love, support, help, share, encourage you on your journey to God’s kingdom.

    Fr. Master writes:

    Through our baptism, each of us has become a beloved child of the “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” We share “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” We are not in competition with one another. Rather, we are called to encourage one another on this journey of faith so that together we may one day praise God in His presence in heaven.

    My dearest Katie, these words are so power and encouraging, our journey has just started and yet with our sharing of Christ in our lives each and everyday, I feel that I have know you forever. Thank you for your love, respect, and thoughtfulness.

    Lovingly forever,

    Dave

    On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 5:09 PM, Fr. Burke Masters wrote:

    > frburke23 posted: ” EPHESIANS 4:1-6 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 prese” >

  2. Please forgive my last email that I sent to you by mistake. I have met a most wonderful lady that has a heart filled with the love of our Lord. I enjoy sharing your reflections with her, as I am sure you can tell by my last email.

    Thank you for all that you have done in my life to bring me closer to God.

    Peace be with you,

    Dave

    On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 5:09 PM, Fr. Burke Masters wrote:

    > frburke23 posted: ” EPHESIANS 4:1-6 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 prese” >


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