Maturity Is Reaching the Fullness of Christ (Fri. June 11)

The word of the day is “fullness.”  Most of us would admit that our relationship with the Lord is still maturing.  Yet, in our reading of Acts 19:1-18, we find a faith that is not only immature but incomplete in its basic understandings.  We find that in Ephesus, Paul encounters a group of disciples.  But he finds their belief incomplete.  He asks, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed” (vs. 2)?  They reply, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit” (OSB vs. 2).  Today, from the example of these followers and Paul’s teaching, we learn that our goal should be the maturity of the “fullness” of the Body of Christ of which…

The Veil Removed: The Glory Revealed (Sat. Oct. 31)

The word of the day is “veil.”  In our reading of 2 Corinthians. 3:12-18,  St. Paul contrasts the clarity of our vision of Christ with the reading of the Law of Moses.  The Apostle writes, “But even to this day, when Moses is read a veil lies on their hearts.  Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (vs. 13-14). The key to the passage is its controlling metaphor, the image of the veil.  Paul refers to when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the Tables of the Law (Exodus 34:29-35).  When he spoke to the Israelites, his face shown with the Glory of God.  But the people were afraid to approach him  (vs. 30).…