Paul continued those marvelous praises that are part of the Jewish tradition of blessings. He knows how to expand them to encompass everything that concerns the life of the community in Christ. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places' (Ephesians 1:3)
Martini tells us that we know from Paul's letters that his prayer consists first of all of praise."
Now, the grace we need to ask God for is that these three attitudes of Paul become habitual in us. So let us reflect today how we are manifesting joy and inner peace, gratitude, and praise in our daily lives. Lent is coming and we may see that we need to take one of these attitudes to practice during Lent if we have not yet been transformed as Paul was.