Colossians 3::12-17; Ps 150 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord; Luke 6:27-38
How many of us have been put off by one or another in our life?
Often in the social exchange someone will delay or refuse or be repulsed by this or that action or this or that person. This is what it means to be "put off."
Or someone does something that upsets us or doesn't agree with us then we say we are "put off" by them.
There is one thing that is constant for a majority of us in life. There is at least a moment required for dressing, "putting on" something as we begin the day and go out in to the world.
In fact we have a variety of "dress" for a variety of events and actions in our life. We put on clothes for work, for exercise, for golf, for a swim, for casual dinner, for formal affairs, for church, for play etc.
We put on dress daily.
We put on more than we are put off.
St. Paul play with that image of "putting on" or dressing for the day and through out the day in the first reading when he offers us this exhortation, "brothers and sisters, put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another,"
If we are going to dress for success then why not dress in a manner that truly breathes for successful attitude and atmosphere in the world around us.
St. Paul wants us to try a new line of clothing designed by Christ himself, "as the Lord has forgiven you."
"Over all these put on love...and let the peace of Christ control your hearts...and be thankful."
St. Paul certainly knows how to accessorize like no others.
What a wardrobe, in the words of ZZ TOP, there is nothing better than a "sharp dressed man."
A Little ZZ TOP to get you moving