Sometimes it is rather difficult for me to find a theme for reflection in the day’s Scriptures. Today I have the opposite dilemma. Everything is pertinent to daily life! I would encourage anyone with a Bible to read Psalm 150, one of the greatest psalms of praise and/or the Gospel of Luke 6:27-38, which also deserves our time and attention. I cannot, however, fail to use the first reading in its entirety to share my favorite advice of Paul to the Colossians; it is, to my mind, the “jewel in Paul’s crown” – a pattern for life that is as relevant today as it was in Paul’s time and – even if studied one word or phrase at a time – offers possibility for changing the world.
Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these virtues put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in your hearts, for as one body you have been called to that peace. Always be thankful. Let the word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms and hymns and inspired songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (COL 3:12-17)