The Second reading on Sunday, the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, continues Colossian’s reflection on the reality and experience of salvation in Christ.
You have been buried with Christ, when you were baptised; and by baptism, too, you have been raised up with him through your belief in the power of God who raised him from the dead. You were dead, because you were sinners and had not been circumcised: he has brought you to life with him, he has forgiven us all our sins.
He has overridden the Law, and cancelled every record of the debt that we had to pay; he has done away with it by nailing it to the cross.
In ordinary parlance death ends life. In Christian doctrine, our first ‘death’, in baptism, is our entry into the full life of Christ. And that first death is not cancelled out by the end of our life here on earth, rather it then opens, as we pray , and by GOd’s continued gift, to the life of heaven.
Death came into the world, through sin – the sin of Adam.But that first sin and ints consequence is the ‘happy fault’ that opens the way for God’s gracious love to be expressed in a new and unexpected way: the gift of Christ incarnate.
- How, today, do you live in Christ?
- How, today, do you turn from death and sin?
Cemetiere de Passy, Paris. (c) 2006, Allen Morris.