From the Word of the Day
“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.”
(Ephesians 4: 1-3)
Paul is in prison due to his openness in witnessing to the Lord. Yet, even in prison, he does not cease to exhort his children in Christ. What he proposes is an authentic style of Christian life that is ever timely, and even more so when a society is destroying itself in a deep social-cultural crisis as is happening today. The attitudes that Paul proposes can be the antidote to the present evil. The arrogant desire to be rid of God that is expressed in so much noise of self-sufficiency in contemporary people is corrected only by humility, just as the oppression, prevarication, and intolerance find a fit therapy in kindness and patience.
Bearing with one another is not a resigned ‘putting up’ with each other, but rather carrying each other in one’s heart with love. This then becomes a way of finding unity and communion that are for the good of the family and of the community. All this is accomplished in the bond of peace, in the One who is also the bond of unity, because He is our PEACE. He is Christ the Lord!
Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder what Paul says and ask Jesus to help me live it in my life day by day.
Lord Jesus, our PEACE, help me to be truly non-violent, but one who is a peacemaker. Help me to develop those simple attitudes that are so necessary for peace.
The voice of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist Monk
Everyone speaks about peace, but peace cannot be realized from the outside if one’s spirit cultivates anger and hatred.