I’m praying with Ephesians during my morning prayer these days. I came to this challenging and powerful passage this morning:
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
The passage makes for a great Examen: Am I living a life worthy of the call to which I have been called? That is:
Do I walk with humility? A trait that seems to me to be in far too short a supply these days.
Is there a gentleness to my being? I almost cringed when I read this, thinking how often I am anything but gentle.
Am I patient, remembering always love?
Do I make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace? Am I a force for reconciliation or for strife?
Some good questions to chew on today.