The Ladder of the Knowledge of Christ (Tuesday, November 1)

The word of the day is “knowledge.”  Today we begin reading St. Paul’s letter to the  Colossians.   In this passage of Chapter 1:1-2, 7-9, the Apostle writes that he constantly prays for the congregation at Colossae, near Ephesus. As we open this epistle, we immediately note Paul’s special concern and why he wrote the letter. Paul prays “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (vs. 9). Paul Confronts False Knowledge St. Paul writes  to refute an early form of the heresy of “Gnosticism.”  He refers to this false teaching in Chapter 2:9; “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men…” (vs. 2:9).…

The Ladder of the Knowledge of Christ

The word of the day is “knowledge.”  Today we begin reading St. Paul’s letter to the  Colossians.   In this passage of Chapter 1:1-2, 7-9, the Apostle writes that he constantly prays for the congregation at Colossae, near Ephesus.  As we open this epistle, we immediately note Paul’s special concern and why he wrote the letter. Paul prays “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (vs. 9). Paul Confronts False Knowledge You see, St. Paul writes  to refute an early form of the heresy of “Gnosticism.”  He refers to this false teaching in Chapter 2:9; “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men…”…

Making the Witness of Faith Evident (Tues. Oct. 26)

The word of the day is “evident.”  There is something enticing about secrets. In our time, spiritualism, theosophy, New Age spirituality, and the occult claim hidden knowledge and connections to the supernatural. From the beginning Christianity has opposed these esoteric ways of false spirituality..  It rejected what are now called “secret” Gospels that hid the truth from the faithful.  Instead, it preached an open Gospel and a faith that was clear and evident to all. Paul wrote his letter to the believers in Philippi when he was under house arrest in Rome.  In today’s reading of Philippians 1:18-14, Paul writes, “…it has become evident to the whole palace guard and all the rest that my chains are in Christ” (vs.…

The Ladder of the Knowledge of Christ (Tuesday, October 27)

The word of the day is “knowledge.”  Today we begin reading St. Paul’s letter to the  Colossians.   In this passage of Chapter 1:1-2, 7-9, the Apostle writes that he constantly prays for the congregation at Colossae, near Ephesus.  As we open this epistle, we immediately note Paul’s special concern and why he wrote the letter. Paul prays “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (vs. 9). Paul Confronts False Knowledge You see, St. Paul writes  to refute an early form of the heresy of “Gnosticism.”  He refers to this false teaching in Chapter 2:9; “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men…”…