Everything To Be Done in the Name of the Lord (Wed. Nov. 17)

The word of the day is “work.”  In our reading of Colossians 3:17-4, St. Paul echoes the Table of Duties that Household Duties that he already conveyed  to the Ephesians (5:22-6:9).  It is a shorter list, that omits the comparison of the marriage of husband and wife to the relationship of Christ and His Church. It also excludes the duty of masters. Paul gives two instructions that all the faithful should follow whatever their station in life.  He begins his directives, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (vs. 17).  Then at the end of his guidelines, he says, “Whatever you do, do…