18th Sunday in Ordinary time; Year B
Ephesians 4: 17, 20-24
In particular, I want to urge you in the name of the Lord, not to go on living the aimless kind of life that pagans live. Now that is hardly the way you have learnt from Christ, unless you failed to hear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus. You must give up your old way of life; you must put aside your old self, which gets corrupted by following illusory desires. Your mind must be renewed by a spiritual revolution so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God’s way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth.
Being a Christian should change us and how we live – and how couldn’t it. We have not just ben told, but shown how to live. We have been invited to know God in a special intimate way through the Son, Jesus. But sometimes, we can forget (or even ignore) our calling to live like Christ, and try and put it to the side. The more and more secular the world becomes, the more caught up in the material desires of it we can be; and so the more forgettful we can be of this new truth.
In light of that, this week, I wanted to share a video from Bishop Robert Barron, who looks at one speicific example of how this can happen – a consideratino of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’: