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.