We give thanks to the Father who has made it possible for you to join the saints and with them to inherit the light.
Because that is what he has done: he has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins.
He is the image of the unseen God
and the first-born of all creation,
for in him were created
all things in heaven and on earth:
everything visible and everything invisible,
Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, Powers –
all things were created through him and for him.
Before anything was created, he existed,
and he holds all things in unity.
Now the Church is his body,
he is its head.
As he is the Beginning,
he was first to be born from the dead,
so that he should be first in every way;
because God wanted all perfection
to be found in him
and all things to be reconciled through him and for him,
everything in heaven and everything on earth,
when he made peace
by his death on the cross.
Sunday is the feast of Christ the King, and the last Sunday of the Church’s Year. It is also the last day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The passage from Colossians is often mined as a potent witness to the Christology of the early Church – ie how they understood the nature of Jesus.
However at the end of the Year of Mercy it should be noted what a remarkable witness the passage is to the early Church’s faith in the love and mercy of God. The hymn is a hymn to the mercy of God: everything – Creation; the Incarnation, and the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ; Church and ‘now’ are occasions for God to exercise love and mercy and for us and all things.
- Give thanks.
4th C. mosiac portrait of Christ, from Hinton St Mary, Dorset. The earliest image of Jesus found in the UK, now in the collection of the British Museum. (c) 2012.