There are times when the Holy Spirit reaches out to you from scripture and just smacks you upside the head, doesn't he? My breath was nearly taken away at mass this morning when I heard the second reading:
Brothers and sisters: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
Well, I think this is one of those things I ought to type out and staple on my forhead. 'Cept I'd have to type it backwards so I could see it in the mirror. Whew.