It’s always surprising to see how the scriptures offer light to see. Last Saturday at our general chapter in Rome we were discussing the difficulties we have today living in community with others, praying together, working together. So many things get in the way and divide us. It’s easy to surrender and think nothing can be done. We’re going nowhere.
The Letter to the Ephesians, read this week at Mass, says that’s not so. It was written, not to one church at Ephesus, but to the church worldwide, commentators says. It describes a great plan of God at work from “the foundation of the world,” a plan for the “fulness of time,” a “mystery made known to us” in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
We have this “word of truth” this gospel of our salvation, from Jesus himself. The Spirit he promised is the “first installment of our inheritance.”
“First installment,” That’s what we working with now, but it gets us where we want to go.
And it promises more. “May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, (Ephesians 1)
Last Saturday afternoon, we had reports of new missions in China and Myramar. “Mustard seeds” but that’s how the mystery of God unfolds, Jesus says.
Every Monday of the four week cycle of the Liturgy of the Hours we read Ephesians 1, 3-10 at evening prayer, a reminder to see the day, however small and confusing it may be, as part of the great unfolding plan of God in Christ, our Lord.