Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
September 6, 2023
Daily Reading from the USCCB: Colossians 1:1-8
Paul had never been to Colossae, and was connected with the church there through his colleague Epaphras. There were some problems with the Colossian Christianity, and Epaphras had turned to Paul for help. Apparently teachers had arisen who overemphasized Christ’s relationship with the universe–cosmos. These teachers put great stress on the importance of angels–presented as principalities and powers–a stress that distracted from Christ’s work for salvation.
Paul begins to set the Colossians right by telling them how grateful he is for them–for their faith, for the love that they have for each other. Hope is another source of fruitfulness for them.
All Christian life is planted in faith, hope, and love, whether it be that of the first-century Colossians or believers of today.