From today’s New Testament reading, from Ephesians: ‘Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness’.

St John Chrysostom comments: ‘In order that no one may suppose that, whereas he speaks of old and new, he is introducing a different person, observe his expression, “That ye be renewed”. To be renewed is, when the selfsame thing which has grown old is renewed, changed from one thing into the other. So that the subject indeed is the same, but the change is in that which is accidental. Just as the body indeed is the same, and the change in that which is accidental, so is it here. How then is the renewal to take place? In the spirit of your mind, says he. Whosoever therefore has the Spirit, will perform no old deed, for the Spirit will not endure old deeds. In the spirit, says he, of your mind, that is, in the spirit which is in your mind.

As we surrender ourselves to be wholly filled with the Spirit of God, we pray that our ‘old deeds’ will be replaced with ‘new deeds’, that our whole being will flourish and grow strong. May God bless you in this, today and each day of your life.