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Being Church and Communion

Submitted by on Friday, 24 October 2008No Comment
  • Reading I: Ephesians 4:1-6
  • Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 24:1-2,5-6
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 12:54-59


At the head of Paul’s moral teaching in the letter to the Galatians, is his exhortation to communion.  Take note of the graphical illustration of the text of Galatians 4:1-6, especially, the way "call" is used, the Trinitarian formula, the repetition of "one" and the virtues of humility, gentleness, patience and bearing with one another which are all directed towards communion.

Ephesians 4:1-6
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1I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called,
2With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity.
3Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling.
5One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.
Psalm 24:1-2,5-6
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1On the first day of the week, a psalm for David. The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof: the world, and all they that dwell therein.
2For he hath founded it upon the seas; and hath prepared it upon the rivers.
5He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God his Saviour.
6This is the generation of them that seek him, of them that seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Luke 12:54-59
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54And he said also to the multitudes: When you see a cloud rising from the west, presently you say: A shower is coming: and so it happeneth:
55And when ye see the south wind blow, you say: There will be heat: and it cometh to pass.
56You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the heaven and of the earth: but how is it that you do not discern this time?
57And why even of yourselves, do you not judge that which is just?
58And when thou goest with thy adversary to the prince, whilst thou art in the way, endeavour to be delivered from him: lest perhaps he draw thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the exacter, and the exacter cast thee into prison.
59I say to thee, thou shalt not go out thence, until thou pay the very last mite.
Galatians 4:1-6
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1Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed by the father:
3So we also, when we were children, were serving under the elements of the world.
4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law:
5That he might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father.

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