The Letter to the Ephesians seems to be a sort of amalgamation of the thoughts of Paul in many of his letters. With this in my mind, many scholars believe that it was probably written by followers of Paul, that is, coming from the Pauline school of thought. This in no way detracts from the importance of the ideas in it. It just helps us situate the letter in its proper context. The opening praise of God gathers together much of Paul?s mystical theology and challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of God?s interaction with humanity. Lord, help me to welcome you into every aspect of my life.
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the holy ones who are [in Ephesus] faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, 4 as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love 5 he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, 6 for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. 7 In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him 10 as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.
P S A L M
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
R: The Lord has made known his salvation.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) 2 The LORD has made his salvation known in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. 3 He has Remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. 4 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. (R) 5 Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. (R)
G O S P E L
None of us can totally absolve ourselves of any responsibility for sin and its effects upon humanity. We are all sinners and so have all contributed to the structural damage that sin does in our world. The systemic nature of some sins such as laws that allow abortion are at least partially a result of the inability of Christians to affect the legislative processes of their countries. As Christians we must look for ways to work together to ensure that the dignity of life will be protected by the law of the land and not endangered by it!
47 Woe to you! You build the memorials of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. 48 Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. 49 Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ?I will send to them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute? 50 in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! 52 Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.? 53 When he left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, 54 for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.
think: We are all sinners and so have all contributed to the structural damage that sin does in our world.
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