On Friday the 15th of January, one of the readings during the evening prayer in the Magnificat was a selection from the first letter of St. Peter. The wording was just beautiful: “Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourself with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb.” I decided to look up the passage in the Navarre Bible which uses a different translation. That translation is written: “…conduct yourself with fear during throughout the time of your exile...”
According to the Navarre Bible those first words “if you invoke as Father” may be a reference to the “saying of the Our Father Prayer, which Christians may have recited at the Baptism ceremony from the very beginning. We do know from the Didache that Christians used to pray the Our Father three times a day.” It continues that as we pray “God our Father fills us with peace and joy and stirs us to act as befits children of such a Father…
We are encouraged to serve God in holiness of life according to the Ignatius Study Bible study of St. Peter’s First letter.
So how do we serve God in holiness of life? I have been pondering these words for several weeks. Here is what I have thought: “reverence” – acknowledge the goodness and mercy and love of God. Throughout the day lift your heart in prayer and thanksgiving. Begin each time of prayer with thanksgiving.