28 Aug - 5 Sep: Our weekday first readings are taken from Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians, early Christians who 'received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit'.
29 Jun: 2 Tim 4:6-8,17-18. Many of those who question if the author of the 'pastoral letters' is the Paul who wrote the undisputed letters, suggest that here we find the Paul we recognise.
Our weekday first readings are from the Letter to the Colossians. Brian Purfield explains why Paul thought it was necessary to write to the likeable but easily-influenced Christians in Colossae.
Fri 9 Sept: The point of Paul's longest sporting metaphor is that the Corinthians must be as serious about their mission as athletes are about their training (and as Paul is about his preaching).
Paul tells the Christians at Colossae that Christ is the 'the first-born of all creation' - why was this such an important message for Paul to teach, and how do we let this shape our faith
The passage about the 'emptying' of Christ is the part of Philippians that the Church has made most use of in her liturgy - we hear it on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
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