People must have gasped when Jesus opened his mouth and said 'I am.'
Season after Pentecost | 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
1 Kings 19:4-8 (Psalm 34:1-8); Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 (Psalm 130)
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?