I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
“Become who you are!” Those words spoken to me years ago, when I took vows and became a Jesuit, still ring in my ears. Over the years, I’ve had to grow into, fill out, really experience, what I said I was back then. So for all us as Christians: we haven’t yet fully grasped the call that we received at baptism; we haven’t become who we are. Are you “living in a manner worthy of the call you have received”?
Jesus shows us the way. He is the Son of the Father and, during his earthly life, he too had to “become what he is,” living out in his concrete life over time what it meant to be the Son, a loving child of the Father, which we become at baptism. He showed us the way by living “in all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.”
—Fr.Mark Henninger, S.J., a philosophy professor by trade, now serves as a pastoral care chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL.
You are the way, the truth, the life
Without the way there is no going
Without the truth, there is no knowing
Without the life there is no growing
Show us the way, that we may go
Teach us the truth, that we may know
Grant us the life, that we may grow
—Ted Tracy, S.J.Please share the Good Word with your friends!