Speak Lord: Of the return of light and life

Church at Cross, LerinsThere are two alternatives for the Second reading on Easter Sunday. The first is given below, and the second at the end of this posting.

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.

Colossians 3:1-4

Pro nobis, for us…. What Christ does he does for us.

Christ has died, but we have been brought back to new life in consequence.

Here is divine justice, that we should be rescued from sin. That whatever debt is due is paid for us by Christ. We are freed from sin that we might be brought to true life, together, oriented to heavenly things.

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You must know how even a small amount of yeast is enough to leaven all the dough, so get rid of all the old yeast, and make yourselves into a completely new batch of bread, unleavened as you are meant to be. Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed; let us celebrate the feast, then, by getting rid of all the old yeast of evil and wickedness, having only the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Image of the Crucifixion and the gifting of love in communion. Abbey of Lerins, France. Photograph (c) Allen Morris, 2005.