A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Put on

Examinations of conscience often focus on the wrong we have thought, said, and done. Along those lines, in yesterday’s first reading, St. Paul focused on the bad things that Christians should put away.

But in the following passage, heard in today’s first reading (Colossians 3:12-17), St. Paul urges us to focus on the good things we need to think, say, and do.

It is a good reminder for us that as we examine our own consciences regularly we must consider not only those attitudes and habits we need to put away but also the Christ-like attitudes and habits we must be putting on and making a part of our being by the grace of God.

Heartfelt compassion – put it on.
Kindness – put it on.
Humility – put it on.
Gentleness – put it on.
Patience – put it on.
Forbearance – put it on.
Forgiveness – put it on.
Love – put it on.
The peace of Christ – put it on.

And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.