In our second reading today Paul calls himself a prisoner for the Lord. While it might be easy to say that Paul’s statement points to the fact that he was imprisoned in Rome for his activities in spreading the gospel, there is more to it than that.
Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
In a sense, Paul wants us to understand that all of us become prisoners for the Lord when we accept the responsibilities that come with discipleship. No longer can we allow ourselves to fall back to our old ways. Instead, we are compelled by our faith to not only purify ourselves but also to live our lives in a manner that attracts others to Jesus.
Prison never sounded so good!