It’s been quite a week for the prophet of God.
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.
We are to work honestly, work with our hands, and work so that we can share with those in need.