BE ROOTED IN CHRIST
Meditation for Tuesday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
(Col 2:6-15; Lk 6:12-19)
St Paul now begins to correct some of the wrong beliefs among the Colossians, which he heard from Epaphras. According to St Paul, faith in Christ needs no comprise. Those who have received Jesus Christ should live in Him, be rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith, and abounding in thanksgiving. He warned against those who deceive believers with reasoning, human traditions, and elemental spirits. Christ is the center of our faith, “For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness of life in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” Spiritually, we are circumcised in Him by not living according to the flesh, but we are buried and raised with Him in Baptism.
This brought us forgiveness of sins; Jesus nailed our trespasses to the cross. “He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in Him.” That means our obedience of faith to Jesus Christ cannot be reduced to human philosophy, traditions or to elemental spirits. He is Lord of all and above all.
In the gospel of today we see a correlation between day and night, hills and level ground, sickness and healing, but all centered around Jesus. Jesus went to the hills to pray all night. When it was day, He chose the twelve apostles. On coming down to plain ground, many sick people came to Him to be healed. “And all the crowd sought to touch Him, for power came forth from Him and healed them all.” This is how those who believe in Jesus should allow Him rule over every aspect of their lives. Such that their lives are rooted, built up and established in faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Tuesday September 7th, 2021.