Speak Lord: our wisdom, our hope

Cross, Avignon

The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, continues our hearing of the letter to the Colossians.

Last week’s passage focuses largely on the divine and transcendent. This week’s focuses on the human struggle here and now of Paul, so that what Christ won (and wins) might be for the benefit of us now and here.

Christ suffered to win salvation for us; now Paul does all he can that we might receive and rejoice in that victory.

It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church. I became the servant of the Church when God made me responsible for delivering God’s message to you, the message which was a mystery hidden for generations and centuries and has now been revealed to his saints. It was God’s purpose to reveal it to them and to show all the rich glory of this mystery to pagans. The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory: this is the Christ we proclaim, this is the wisdom in which we thoroughly train everyone and instruct everyone, to make them all perfect in Christ.

Colossians 1:24-28

  • In what way is Christ your hope?
  • In which way has he become your wisdom?

The Holy Cross and Saints, Eglise Saint Agricole, Avignon. (c) 2014, Allen Morris

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