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Sunday, 4 January 2015

We Are Not Equal, Part Four

Ephesians 1:15-18 Douay-Rheims 

15 Wherefore I also, hearing of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus, and of your love towards all the saints,

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers,

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him:

18 The eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what the hope is of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

Today's reading from the New Testament continues with the mystery of the proclamation of the Gospel being appropriated by the Ephesians, resulting in love for the community.
What follows is St. Paul's happy note that he is grateful for what he hears of the faith of this Church in Ephesus.

Note that this Jewish scholar understands that wisdom, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the revelation of Christ, as well as knowledge, another gift, lead each member to holiness, through "enlightenment", which is illumination of the self., giving hope.

Now, the word "inheritance" reminds us that the Church is the New People of God, the chosen. Those who are chosen, who listen to the Word of God, inherit the Kingdom of God, which is heaven.
In order to be chosen, one must admit that there are some who are not chosen.
We are not all equal. Do those bishops and cardinals who listen and ponder these words today apply these pastorally? I am coming to the conclusion that some have lost their own faith, and departed from the Word of God, the Word Made Flesh, in Whose feast we celebrate today.

With these passages in mind from the last few posts, go back and read the long selections from Garrigou-Lagrange and apply his clear commentary on Church teaching to these passages, with the Synod in mind.

(apologies for the spacing...blogspot problem)