Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all men.
Catholic faith accepts the reality of the occasional “special effect” from God: the miraculous healing, the uncanny prophetic word, the bilocation, the dancing sun. It happens. But the Faith looks far more for ordinary signs: the obedient citizen, the good worker, the woman in the checkout line who is unfailingly polite, the guy who’s not always looking for a fight, the kind teacher, the courteous driver. It is in the ordinary circumstances of life, far more than in the occasional gift of miraculous grace, that the gospel really takes on flesh and bone in our lives. Today, do the simple things Paul speaks of today. Your life is a sign that a lot of people are reading.