Friday in the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
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. (Ephesians 4:1-2)
Lord Jesus, without humility and patience and gentleness, we cannot live in a manner worthy of the call we have received from You, especially because it is pride, impatience and wrath that push us away from bearing with one another through love.
Your bond of peace impels us to freely become prisoners of Your humility, gentleness and patience, not that we can live them perfectly, but in imitating them and knowing why You bore the weight of our sins, we may find hope in the unity of You spirit in which we strive to persevere in Your love, in a manner worthy of the call You have given, I call You friends.
Saint Anthony Mary Claret, pray for us.