Posted by: livingscripture | October 14, 2010

Twenty Eighth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him…In love he destined us for adoption to himself…

                                                  Ephesians 1: 2-4            

 How should we live this Word 

This passage of Paul is one of the most beautiful Christological hymns that has reached us!  It reveals the enamored heart of Paul, his awe in the face of God’s plan, for ‘the mystery of His will’ that is the revelation of how much we are all loved. 

The tone is solemn.  Paul seems to be looking through all the vocabulary available for the most adequate words to express his awareness of how the Heavenly Father’s will transcends by far what his brothers in the faith, the inheritors of the great promise, had limited themselves to believe.  In fact, the opposition of the Scribes and Pharisees and Doctors of the Law arose from this.  They could not accept that the chosen people were only such in view of ‘the salvation of all peoples’.  They could not accept that even the pagans, publicans, and prostitutes were saved.  They could not open themselves to the wideness of the plan of a God who is the unity of all peoples in the one salvific love of God.                                                           

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will joyfully converse with the Holy Spirit.  I can personalize the Pauline hymn by repeating, 

 ‘Blessed be God who has blessed me with every with every spiritual blessing in Christ’.  I will repeat this many times in the singular.  Then I will return to the plural.  ‘Blessed be God who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.’ 

The voice of an Irish blessing 

May God be near you and bless you. 

May you see the children of your children. 

May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings.

May you never know anything but happiness from today on.

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