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The Gospel of Christ can be tough to live by. I would say impossible without God’s grace. Take today’s Gospel reading, for example. Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” These are things that run counter to our nature, and certainly to the messages that the world sends. Luckily, God gives us plenty of opportunities to practice.

The first reading today is Colossians 3:12-17. These two readings are really a blueprint for living out the Christian faith. Much like following a blueprint, you have to do things in the proper order. And before you do a task, you have put on the proper attire or equipment, whether it’s a hardhat, business suit, uniform, lab coat or whatever. So as Christians, what do we need to put on? St. Paul tells us.

“Put on…heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another. And over all these put on love.” Oh, there’s more…lots more. Read it. Then be sure that you put on all the right things at the start of each new day. And remember St. Paul’s final thought. “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Father, today we will put on all the things we need to put on to live our lives for Christ. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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