Light a Candle to begin your prayer:
Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Read Colossians chapter 3 verses 1-11
‘If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.’
Reflection on Bible Reading:
St Paul is very fond of long lists of sins and virtues, that was the style of writing at the time. Today we have St Paul asking people to remember that they are a New Creation, that they are different now that they are Christian, so they should start behaving like it. You hear some people usually in the media, talking about being ‘born again’. They claim that since this great event that they are a New Creation and their lives are different.
This is at the heart of the Christian faith. Our resurrection will happen at the end of time, but in the here and now it also effects us. In our baptism we were born again, we died to an Old way of life and were risen up to a new and better way. Trouble is that we go back to our old ways all the time, why because we are human beings. Remember that Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise the risen Jesus, even though he had risen from the dead. Today, because of our sin, we don’t recognise Jesus in other people, but sometimes in worship, or in an act of kindness we can recognise the risen Jesus. Just like in the Old Testament we see pointers to Jesus, we too today are pointers to him. What we have to do is allow God to begin his work of raising us from the death of our sin in the here and now.
Pray this prayer aloud:
in your resurrection death is defeated
and everything is made new
Enable us to recognise you today
To build heaven on earth.