by Erik Ritland
The Word and the Church
Bible commentary following the Catholic Lectionary (which gives an overview of the entire Bible) by the Fully Alive staff
Tuesday of the Eight Week in Ordinary Time
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I Pet. 1: 10-16
Mk. 10: 28-31
Gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly, and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
I Pet. 1:13
This is one of the many gems from the first letter of St. Peter. “Gird up the loins of your mind” – what poetic, practical, ageless advice! Christians are called to be filled with joy and hope regarding the world around them, yet they must also keep a practical, common sense guard over their minds and hearts. Life in Christ is even-tempered and filled with hope, a life that moves the world instead of being moved by it.
Like obedient children, do not act in compliance with the desires of your former ignorance but, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, for it is written, “Be holy because I [am] holy.
I Pet. 1:14-16
In last weeks readings Jesus taught us the importance of children and being childlike. Here Peter again touches on that idea, reminding us that we are to love and trust God as a child loves and trusts a parent. God is the ultimately good parent, desiring us to be the best version of ourselves through relationship with him. The closer we get to him, and the more obedient we are, the better off we’ll be, because only God knows what is best for us.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician. He is the lead staff writer and podcast host of Fully Alive Christian Media and Rambling On, which features commentary on music, sports, and an intellectual ragbag. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blogs Curious North and Hometown Hustle. Reach him via email.
Erik Ritland received his MA in Theology in 2017. He's the founder and content manager of Fully Alive Christian Media and Rambling On, copy editor and writer for Music in Minnesota, and an acclaimed songwriter.