Homily for Friday, October 24, 2014

Readings for Today

Have you ever thought about what type of life is worthy of the Christian calling? For St. Paul challenges us today to do so. “Brothers and sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.”” Each of us has been called by God. As Vatican II reminded us, each of us, all of us, has a personal call to holiness. It is not a call given only to the lucky ones, or to those who choose to be a sister, brother or priest. No each of us is called to holiness.

So what are we to do, then? What is the manner of life worthy to the call we have received from God? Fortunately Paul does not force us to guess. Worthy living is living “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.

Look at the words Paul uses. Humility. Patience. Love. Unity. Peace. It seems from his word that any time we find ourselves removed from these words, we are not living in a worthy manner.

Humility means to accept ourselves for what we are. We are human beings made in the image and likeness of God. But we are not God. A humble person knows this.

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