Dear Parish Family:
Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ. This is the last line from today’s second reading; it comes from Paul’s letter to the Philippians and it is very good advice for all people at all times and in all places.
All human persons from the instant of conception possess a certain dignity by virtue of the fact of being created in the likeness and image of God. This dignity in itself calls us to love our neighbor and to actively seek his good because we share with him the same nature, which is a reflection of God’s nature. Just as we desire God to be good to us, we, too, are obligated to be good to others.
In addition to that, we also possess a baptismal dignity — a uniquely Christian dignity — that is infused into our souls through the Sacrament of Baptism. This dignity does not make us better than our non-Christian brothers; however, it does make us different and it means that more is required of us. After all, to those to whom more is given, more will be expected.
Our baptismal dignity calls us to an excellence of behavior above even our innate human dignity. We are called to be vessels of the Gospel of Our Lord and to conduct ourselves always and everywhere in a way, as Paul writes, that is worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Let us pray that we may always live in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ and that our deeds may always reflect the Good News that we are called to live.