Live up to who you are. That is the message of St. Paul. In his letters written to the churches he declares that we have been saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ; that we have been made His children, members of His household. He will then say, “be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you…” (Ephesians 5:1-2) Because this is who we are, then this is how we are called to live. It is not an unusual message. We hear it in the world at large. You are a member of the local Lions club, therefore make the Lions proud. You are an employee of a great company, therefore do your best to serve that company. You are an American, therefore live by the ideals of our American heritage. These are messages we hear. How much more, then, when we hear this word from our Lord. “You are my beloved child. You are a part of My eternal household” Our desire now, by God’s grace and the work of His Spirit within us, is to live out a life of love that is pleasing to our Father.