Paul is at it again this morning in his preaching to the Ephesians urging them on “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 bond of peace…”
I find it interesting that, in speaking of “call” (vocation) to the people of Ephesus, Paul doesn’t talk about being a good merchant or preacher, a good sheep herder or high priest. He speaks rather of the universal call to holiness that is achieved by each of us in developing the essential virtues listed above. In our turbulent, hectic world there is little more important than work toward inner and worldwide peace, the achievement of which will come only when we learn to love ourselves and each other as we are, seeing God at the heart of everything. First we need to believe that it can be done.
I suggest we start with patience…