Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Think on these things

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In the Sunday's second reading,Saint Paul tells us to rejoice in the Lord, to pray with both supplications (requests) and words of thanks, and then, to let their minds dwell on "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable ... and ... anything worthy of praise."

At the end of that list, he adds these words: "think about these things."

If we were to stop reading Saint Paul's letter right there, we might conclude that all he was attempting to do was to give us "something to think about," but, in fact, Paul does not stop there. He adds, "Keep on doing these things." In terms of thinking, he was telling them to fill their minds with virtuous concepts and high-quality motivations, but he went on to say that they should do them too; they should express their high-minded ideals in actions.