Ephesians 4: 29-32 is both invitation and warning. It invites us to avoid sin and all occasions of sin. It warns us that the Person of the Holy Spirit will be insulted by our sin.
St. Paul gives us a list to follow especially where it concerns destructive and devisive speech. He tell us to put away all
- and Slander
We are to
- be Kind to one another
- be Tenderhearted
- be Forgiving
Remembering the words of our Savior in the Our Father, we thank God for His mercy towards us by showing mercy to others. Forgiveness!
St. Paul wants “no evil talk” coming out of our mouths. Whatever we speak should be “edifying” that “it may impart grace to those who hear.”
He also alludes to Is 63:10 where the Prophet recalls how the Exodus generation of Israel grieved the Holy Spirit by grumbling against the Lord and Moses.
Heaven help us! When I read what passes for discourse today in the age of Facebook and Twitter, I’m reminded that we, too, are a perverse generation, grumbling against the Lord, and grieving the Holy Spirit by our lack of charity and forgiveness.
We need the Holy Spirit to actually intercede for us. Pray with me these intercessions from the Liturgy of the Hours’ morning prayer for today. “Lord, pour out your mercy upon us.”
Christ, Rising Sun, warm us with your rays, and restrain us from every evil impulse.
Keep guard over our thoughts, words, and actions, and make us pleasing in your sight this day.
Turn your gaze from our sinfulness, and cleanse us from our iniquities.
Through your cross and resurrection, fill us with the consolation of the Spirit.
Collect. O God, who by the leading of a star didst on this day manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may be brought to the contemplation of thy glorious majesty. through the same Lord. . .”
Today, Jesus shows Himself to the world as God and the Lord of the world.
The Magi saw a star and set out immediately. Their faith was strong and sure. They had generous hearts. Their souls were ready to make the long, arduous journey. They didn’t give up although the star disappeared at one point.
My meditation today reminds me that when God urges us to greater generosity and closer union with Him, we need to be like the Magi and follow His urging with faith, promptness, selfless generosity, and perseverance. He is our Quest and we must not give up, even if the star of faith in our soul disappears and we feel an interior darkness. These periods of darkness are part of His will and so we must overcome them with a pure, naked faith. In other words, no matter what, we trust in Him.
Sometimes I pray, “Lord, what do you want from me?” The Feast of the Epiphany reveals some of the answers. He wants my co-operation. He wants me to pray and work for the conversion of those who are near to me (family and friends) and those are far away (strangers.) He wants the incense of prayer, the myrrh of suffering for the love of Him, and the gold of charity.
O Lord, please let Your star shine for me today so I will only take the road that leads directly to you.
“Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and Your Hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm so that it might not hurt me!'” 1 Chronicles 4:10
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘ Say to Aaron and his sons, Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel; you shall say to them
The Lord bless and keep you: The Lord make His Face to shine upon you and be gracious to you: The Lord life up His Countenance upon you and give you peace.
So shall they put My Name upon the sons of Israel, and I will bless them.'” Numbers 6: 22-27