Father's Corner

Father O'Toole's Corner

Put On Christ

St. Paul teaches there is a kind of dress code for Christians in his epistle to the Colossians. He has fashion advice for those living there: “Put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another.” By recalling that their identity is tied to Christ, he reminds them – and us – that we are chosen by God, holy and beloved.

So what to wear? Paul’s list should simplify our selection and would if not for closets filled with thoughts and ways of being that don’t fit or have worn out or were never very attractive in the first place. And cleaning out the wardrobe and improving our fashion sense are only possible if we are helped by those who bear with us and forgive us and encourage and compliment us. Expect to hear:

“You look good in kindness.”
“That compassion really sets off the color of your eyes.”
“You make that patience work, girl!”

With New Year’s resolutions being made, those commercials for diet program and fitness centers are getting amped-up. So what to wear? Remember to put on Christ and everything else will fit perfectly.

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