Thursday, April 26, 2012

Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

Thursday, April 26, 2012 -- Week of 3 Easter
Robert Hunt, Priest and First Chaplain at Jamestown, 1607

Readings for the Daily Office (Book of Common Prayer, p. 961)
Psalms  37:1-18 (morning)        //        37:19-42 (evening)
Exodus 20:1-21
Colossians 1:24 - 2:7
Matthew 4:1-11

[Go to http://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html for an online version of the Daily Office including today's scripture readings.]

There is a phrase in today's reading from Colossians that jumps out at me -- "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (1:27)

That says so much is so few words. 

What a wonderful mystery and reality -- Christ is in you.  Christ lives in us, with us, and through us.  Our deepest reality is that God in Christ dwells in us through the Holy Spirit.  We walk about the earth clothed in divine raiment. 

That identity is our hope.  When we are discouraged or tired, Christ in us is our revival.  When we are lost or confused, Christ in us is our grounding.  When we are alive and active, Christ in us is our energy.

In and through all of this is the glory of the divine.  We live in divine life and light.  We strive for the all, fullness.  Glory is our destiny.  We walk in glory even as we journey toward it.  Christ is the journey and the journey's end.

"Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Lowell
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About Morning Reflections
"Morning Reflections" is a brief thought about the scripture readings from the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer according to the practice found in the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.

Morning Prayer begins on p. 80 of the Book of Common Prayer.
Evening Prayer begins on p. 117
An online resource for praying the Daily Office is found at http://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html

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-- http://explorefaith.org/prayer/fixed/index.html

The Mission of St. Paul's Episcopal Church
is to explore and celebrate
God's infinite grace, acceptance, and love.

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Our Rule of Life: 
We aspire to...
    worship weekly
    pray daily
    learn constantly
    serve joyfully 
    live generously.

Lowell Grisham, Rector
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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