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October 23, 2020

Eph 4: 1-6

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.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Refusing to live split lives

“Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” Paul tells us to be humble, gentle, patient, and loving. At all times. Period. He doesn’t say: “Be gentle, patient, and loving with close friends and family, but once you go to work or shopping, forget all that stuff and do what you gotta do to survive, get ahead, or fit in.” Our culture has accustomed us to leading “split lives,” behaving one way in personal life and another way at work. That’s not Christian, plainly put. The root of the word “integrity” means “whole,” and Paul is challenging us to be people of integrity who lead whole rather than split lives, gentle and patient and loving even at work. That’s tough to do. But if I try, I may help change and redeem our broken, angry, dysfunctional workplaces and society.

—Chris Lowney, a Fordham University graduate and one-time Jesuit seminarian, currently vice chairs the board of one of America's largest hospital systems, CommonSpirit Health.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you call us to live our lives as you did, showing love and compassion to all those we encounter, no matter their relationship to us or their status in society.  Help us to follow your example in all that we do.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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October 23, 2020

Eph 4: 1-6

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.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Refusing to live split lives

“Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” Paul tells us to be humble, gentle, patient, and loving. At all times. Period. He doesn’t say: “Be gentle, patient, and loving with close friends and family, but once you go to work or shopping, forget all that stuff and do what you gotta do to survive, get ahead, or fit in.” Our culture has accustomed us to leading “split lives,” behaving one way in personal life and another way at work. That’s not Christian, plainly put. The root of the word “integrity” means “whole,” and Paul is challenging us to be people of integrity who lead whole rather than split lives, gentle and patient and loving even at work. That’s tough to do. But if I try, I may help change and redeem our broken, angry, dysfunctional workplaces and society.

—Chris Lowney, a Fordham University graduate and one-time Jesuit seminarian, currently vice chairs the board of one of America's largest hospital systems, CommonSpirit Health.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you call us to live our lives as you did, showing love and compassion to all those we encounter, no matter their relationship to us or their status in society.  Help us to follow your example in all that we do.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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