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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Today’s Reading | Colossians 1:11–20
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. (NRSV)
Albert Einstein wrote, “A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison.”
The theological language of the Apostle Paul can often be confusing. For most of us, it is not the language of everyday life, and it is increasingly not the language of our culture. But what Paul is talking about in today’s passage is a problem that is universal to human experience and that has plagued us for ages. How do I connect with the vast world around me? What is the meaning of my presence in the midst of it all? How do I break through my feelings of isolation and connect myself to deeper meaning?
Paul’s intention is to say that God understands that we have this problem of meaning-making and sent Christ to help us with it. Christ has “rescued us from the power of darkness.” It was through Christ that “God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things,” so that we might “be made strong” and “endure everything with patience.” Don’t get caught in the prison of thinking that you are alone. Christ came to reconnect us to one another and to our Creator. Thanks be to God.
Gracious God, thank you that I am not alone, that none of us are. Help me to be more aware of my connection to my human family and to you, and help me to live this day full of that awareness. Amen.
Written by Adam H. Fronczek, Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Worship
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