The second reading at Sunday’s Mass of the Epiphany came from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. It spoke of God’s entrusting to him a grace for us.
You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel.
The same grace is entrusted to us for the sake of others.
It will have been entrusted to us by God through many mysteries – probably. Through the love and faith of family or friends; the communities we belong to and have belonged to; through the sacraments; through the scriptures; through our communion with God in prayer. But entrusted to us it has been – and for the sake of others.
- Where in particular have you received the grace of the knowledge of the love of God for all people?
- With whom have you last shared it?
- With whom might you next share it?
Photograph of crib in Madrid. c) 2003, Allen Morris.