Sharing the Word for September 12, 2019

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Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

September 12, 2019

Daily Reading from the USCCB: Colossians 3:12-17


Being a Christian is hard. Like with all things difficult we can get frustrated, even at times wanting to throw up our hands and exclaim, “I give up. I can’t do this.”

Today Jesus lays out a rather trying challenge to those who would follow him, “love your enemies.”  Do good for those who would see us harmed. Give freely and expect nothing in return. Who can do this?

We struggle, we fall, we sin. But there is good news for us. Christ can and does love in such a way. He loves as the Father loves: He is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. He is merciful.

That spirit of Christ wants to live in you. As Paul urges, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Put on the Spirit of Christ like a cloak: be wrapped in humility, gentleness, and patience.

It may be hard, but the most wonderful things in life always are. And do this always knowing you are never alone. The Spirit of God lives in you.

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