Making Good Out of Evil Days (Mon. June 21)

The word of the day is “days.”   As our world staggers from one crisis to another, we are tempted to despair.  We might say to ourselves that there is nothing that we can do about the turmoil of our times.  Yet, our reading of Ephesians 5:9-19 encourages us that we can respond faithfully to the chaos surrounding us.  Thus, Paul exhorts us “to walk circumspectly… redeeming the time because the days are evil” (vs. 15).  Today we consider what it means to “redeem” what otherwise is an evil time. The Day is Not Evil by Nature Why does Paul call the day in which we live “evil”?  Are things that bad?  The Greek term evil refers to the effect or…

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…