Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Aug 12th)

Pastor's Summary of  Ephesians 4:25-5:2

The author seems to be addressing new converts: "You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self.... to be renewed...and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God..." (4:22-24). He now says what conduct is expected of them, as "members of one another" (4:26-27). If you lived by stealing (4:28), go beyond restitution: actively care for the poor. speak to others in a way that emphasizes their goodness, and builds the community (4:29). an offence against a fellow member of the Church is an offense against the Spirit, who is working with him or her: do not cause the Spirit to be grieved, distressed (4:30). Cast aside all vices which are disruptive to the life of the Christian community; rather love "one another" (4:32), expressing generously the same forgiving that Christ first showed you. In the way you forgive and are loving, do it as God does ("be imitators", (5:1): Christ loves us even to giving up himself to death for us. Old Testament priests made "offering and sacrifice to God" (5:2); now Christ is priest/mediator. We share in that priesthood, his sacrifice of love.

 

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