Then and Now

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In today’s first reading from Ephesians 4, St. Paul has a couple of challenges for us. Here are his two challenges: “Be imitators of God,” and “Live as children of light.”

For both of those very difficult challenges, he gives us a hint how to go about each. For the first he says to “live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God…” In other words, Jesus gave His life for others. As we must.

As for living as children of light, St. Paul says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of darkness in my past. (Truth is I struggle with darkness all the time.) We need to make sure that we leave that darkness in the past. It’s time to open our hearts and live in the light of Christ. Because that (darkness) was then, this (light) is now.

Today’s Readings

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