20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)
Today’s second reading is rich in wisdom. So let’s take a short quiz on it to see how much we can get out of it. (You may need a Bible.)
1. Paul tells us to “watch” how we live (Ephesians 5:15). What are the three ways he suggests to watch?
2. Name two notable changes Paul identifies when we are filled with the Spirit.
3. Fill in the blanks.
a. If you are filled with anger, then A _ _ _ _ controls your life.
b. If you are going to do things your way, then Y _ _ will run your life.
c. If you are filled with love, then L _ _ _ will control the way you live.
d. If you are filled with the Spirit, then the H _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ _ will control your life.
As an apostle and evangelist, St. Paul was a master builder of Christian communities. In these few verses, we can see a summary of his building plans. First, he focuses on what not to do. Don’t live foolishly. Don’t be ignorant about God’s plan. Don’t get caught up in overindulgence. Then, he focuses on what we should do instead. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Let the words of Scripture—especially the psalms—flow out of your heart and from your lips. Share your love for Jesus with one another. Pray together. Thank the Lord for all his good gifts.
So there you have it—a foolproof plan for making your home into a dwelling place of the Lord!
“Holy Spirit, come and fill me up.”~WAU