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.