Robert Barron’s grasp of the complex development of David’s character in 2 Samuel is unsurpassed. And his references to history and literature are more than adornment.
Season after Pentecost | 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; (1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8;) Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51
In my Bible, this week's reading from Ephesians bears the title, "Rules for the New Life." The text reads like a laundry list of more or less unrelated instructions. Put away falsehood. Speak the truth, be angry but don't sin, and do not make room for the devil. Give up stealing and work honestly. Speak only what is useful for building up; do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Put away bitterness, anger, slander, and malice.
This week’s reading from Ephesians outlines a number of rules for living the new life in Christ. Work comes up in 4:28, which, though addressed to former thieves, is relevant to others as well.
Offering the elements to the unbaptized can be seen as a development and not a revolution, but it is a significant change. Is it a good one?
Kindness overlaps significantly with several of Paul's other "fruit of the spirit." What makes it a distinctive mark of the new creation?
A few years ago I lost a friend to cancer, barely 12 months after the diagnosis. During her final months she wrapped up business at her job and then went about saying goodbye to those people closest to her. She planned "final" experiences with friends and family—including a magnificent, all-expenses paid vacation with a few closest friends— and prepared herself spiritually by seeking out the rites and rituals of the church that would prepare her to finish her earthly life: renewal of baptism, Holy Communion, anointing.
by Audrey WestAugust 6, 2012