Audio Readings August 16, 2015 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proverbs 9:1-6

Ephesians 5:15-20

Psalm 34:2-7
John 6:51-58

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


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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