Finishing Colossians, we tackle an often skipped, but still rich passage that gives practical advice about keeping peace at home, encourages prayerful and gracious witness, and models community-building practices. It’s worth the risk to grapple with ancient marital norms, slavery, and lesser known (and hard to pronounce) names to mine these nuggets that help us better love others.
As St Paul moves into chapter 3 in his letter to the Colossians, he gives us concrete advice how to be both heavenly minded and earthly good. May we all find his advice to look up to Christ, look in to deal with our sin, and look out with love to both God and neighbor to be not only practical, but also life-changing!
In Colossians 2, we discover that our Lord doesn’t want us to be bound up in spirituality that doesn’t work. No matter how hard we try to be good, how much we try to whip up devotion, no matter how many extras we add to our to our life beyond God’s command to love – the only way to begin (and continue!) to experience the abundant, resurrection life of Christ is to take hold of the baptismal promise we have by means of a living, active trust in Jesus. May we all tap into God’s best for us as we learn to live by faith instead of mere human effort.
Moving from Galatia to Colossae is certainly a step up in faith, even if the troubles afflicting both churches are similar. We pick up with Colossians 1 where St Paul expounds the Supreme Gospel that centers on our Supreme Lord. May we each find Jesus more than enough in this life and the next.