Taking Advantage of the Time (Sun. Dec. 6)

The word of the day is “redeem.”  In our reading of Ephesians 5:9-19, St. Paul fixes his eyes on the horizon at the end of history, the coming of Christ in glory.  As we wait for Christ to establish the New Age of His Kingdom, St. Paul urges his flock to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil” (vs. 15-16). In our reading, Paul urges his flock in Ephesus to live in the light of Christ’s coming.  They are to be awake—watchful and alert and ready to greet the approaching advent of Christ.  In Paul’s view, the Lord’s return is close at hand. Therefore, he advises his flock to “walk circumspectly,” They…