11 Sep 2019; Kill everything in you that is earthly

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Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Readings; Col, 3:1-11, Lk, 6: 20-26

In today’s society we find so many distinctions among religions, caste, language, ruling and the labour class, rich and the poor etc… these things are earthly born and perishable. Sadly, we are all great sharers in this cause. Therefore, St. Paul would exhort each one of us today to “kill everything in you that is earthly.” And further he would say we are all created in the image of Christ and “in that image there is no room for distinction between Greek and Jew, between the circumcised and uncircumcised or between barbarian and Scythian, slave and free.”  It would be worth meditating for a while to look into ourselves, are we true in our discipleship of Christ? Created in His image, how do we treat our fellow brothers and sisters whom we encounter in the workplace, neighborhood and in the street?  Often are we not victims of bringing distinction based on colour, language and birth. Hence, St. Paul would invite each one of us to strip off the old behavior with old self and put on a new self that will progress towards a true knowledge in Christ. It involves sacrifice; to pull out the old stuck into our skins and put on new that is totally new. But in Christ is the new life and apart from Him we are nothing.

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