Friday 6 September 2019

About Today Readings

Ember Day. Day of penance.
Colossians 1:15-20. Psalm 99(100):2-5. Luke 5:33-39.
Come with joy into the presence of the Lord – Psalm 99(100):2-5
‘God wanted all perfection to be found in him’

Paul describes Christ as the image of the invisible God. In Jesus, the fullness of God is pleased to dwell. In Jesus, God is home. Home for us, in the best sense, is the place we belong and can be truly ourselves. As God dwells fully in Christ, so too do we dwell in God. This is a source of exuberant joy, as we read in the psalm. A joy such as we see and hear in a laughing toddler who expresses delight in her developing senses and the world around her. This leaping upward, the joy of God within our hearts is witnessed again in Jesus’ disciples who feast rather than fast. Jesus, the main event, is among them and the time of fasting is yet to come. Throughout the Season of Creation in September especially, we discover and celebrate life in its spectacular diversity and beauty. Within God whose love is limitless, we are joyful, we are home.

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