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Ephesians 3:14-21
Thursday, January 31 2013

Prayer of St. Paul...

Today, reflect on the prayer of St. Paul as he prays to his Father in Heaven on behalf of his family, the Church :

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:14-21, NAB

This beautiful prayer by St. Paul sums up the goal and mission of his ministry: to help the world see the beauty, power, and glory of our Lord.

He begins by turning to God the Father in prayer and symbolically praying for the family of the Father, the Church.  By doing so, he is recognizing that we are all children of God, every man and woman from every tribe and nation.  As sons and daughters of the Most High, we are united together.

St. Paul asks for strength through the Spirit, faith through Christ, and wisdom through the love of God.  The wisdom he seeks for us, though, is not of worldly knowledge, but that we might begin to understand the infinite measure of God's love - the breadth, length, height, and depth of God's love that stretches on forever.

His prayer was not just for the Ephesians 2,000 years ago, but for all Christians and all generations.  He knew that the truth spoken in this prayer would remain true for the rest of time.  The prayer of St. Paul applies to God's family today as much as it did to the Church so long ago.

St. Paul prayed for his family, the Church, to find strength, faith, and wisdom, and he knew that we would find this by focusing on the love of God.  May your love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit strengthen you, bring you hope, and make you wise for the rest of your days.

NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings.  Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians).


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