Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
What a great way to begin living in community. As I prayed over this text, I drew out all the characteristics that Paul asserts:
I pray that these will be my guides throughout the next year, and indeed, throughout the rest of my life.