Grace to you!
From the EWTN Family Celebration 2017 venue in Worcester Massachusetts, USA, I write to share this day’s reflection. The joy of seeing numerous people, those who have been born anew in Christ, is refreshing.
It makes Paul’s message to the Colossians, and to us, resonate with renewed interest. While in prison in Rome, Paul writes; and his inspired writing has remained a veritable asset of the body of truths we hold, as revealed, in our Christian tradition.
I wonder what was going on in Paul’s mind as he allowed the Spirit of God to flow like streams of living water, dotting every line of his message. No better word of encouragement could be heard than his inspired word, “God has reconciled us in Christ” (Col 1:22).
The Church has consistently taught this truth that Original Sin—the epic sin of Adam and Eve—is where all the confusion, disunity and separation from the plenitude of grace began. The impact was on all creation, not simply on us as humans.
Saint Augustine, Saint John Chrysostom and a few other Fathers of the Church, make us understand that angels, who were to be our messengers, were also at odds with the fallen world due to Original Sin. In fact, the world, all of creation, needed to be reconciled. It’s about this objective reconciliation that Paul speaks to us. It’s been definitely accomplished in “the fleshly body of Christ.”
“Christ has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him, provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister” (Col 1:22-23).
There is a subtle, but crucial, aspect of this reconciliation insofar as it relates to individuals, which Saint Paul points out: “provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel.” Here, the individual, subjective responsibility of the believer is emphasized.
Saint Pope John Paul II was spot-on when he argued that reconciliation go hand in hand with conversion (John Paul II, Reconciliatio et paenitentia, 13).
So, as we have been reconciled, we are inspired to continue to live in our daily lives the fruit of the reconciled people. By so doing, we could be agents of reconciliation ourselves. We do so walking daily in the love and grace of the Trinity for the salvation of souls.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Saturday Week 23 Ordinary Time A: Col 1:21-23; Lk 6:1-5]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.