Chosen in Christ Before the Foundation of the World (Thurs. Sept. 29)

The word of the day is “chose.”  Today we begin reading Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with Ephesians 1:1-9.  Ephesus was the capital of the Roman province of Asia.  It was the residence of the proconsul and the seat of the courts of justice for the whole region.  According to tradition, Paul wrote to this vital center of ancient Christianity while imprisoned in Rome from 61-63 AD (OSB “Introduction to Ephesians”).  At the mouth of its harbor stood one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” the Temple of Artemis (the fertility goddess Diana) (OSB fn. Acts 19:27).  Paul spent almost two and half years there, the longest he would stay in one place in his missionary journeys. In today’s…

Chosen in Christ Before the Foundation of the World (Thurs. Oct. 7)

The word of the day is “chose.”  Today we begin the reading of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with Ephesians 1:1-9.  Ephesus was the capital of the Roman province of Asia, the residence of the proconsul, and the seat of the courts of justice for the whole region.  At the mouth of its harbor stood one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” the Temple of Artemis (the fertility goddess Diana) (OSB fn. Acts 19:27).  Paul spent almost two and half years there, the longest he would stay in one place in his missionary journeys.  According to tradition, Paul wrote to this vital center of ancient Christianity while imprisoned in Rome from 61-63 AD (OSB “Introduction to Ephesians”). In today’s…