13 November: The last in a series of Sunday readings from 2 Thessalonians indicates practical problems that arose in early Christian communities.
7 November: we hear from the beginning of the Letter to Titus, one of the so-called 'pastoral letters'.
31 July: Paul’s letters generally start with theology and end with behaviour, and Colossians is no exception. He turns to the stuff of daily life in today's second reading.
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 wants to tell the Colossians that Jesus does not fit into a system, Jesus IS the system. Count the number of times he uses the words ‘all’ or ‘everything’ in just the five verses we hear on Sunday.
The passage about the 'emptying' of Christ is the part of the Letter to the Philippians that the Church has made most use of in her liturgy.
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