Paul on Paul – 2nd January 2022

The Feast of the Epiphany
Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6

You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery, as I have just described it very shortly.
If you read my word you will have some idea of the depths that I see in the mystery of Christ. This that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel.


New years are often the time when we look back at where we’ve come from and use that to look at where we’re going. And our 2nd Reading this Sunday gives us an opportunity to do that – by raising a fundamental point of our Faith; that we know God because He has made Himself known.

St. Thomas Aquinas showed that it is possible to ‘reason’ your way to the existence of God. But it isn’t possible to know that there are Three Persons who are co-equally God. It isn’t intuitive that God became Man and died and was resurrected. We only know this because God himself revealed this to us.

It is this idea that Paul invites us into in this Sunday’s passage – that we have been brought into the mystery of God’s love, not by some accident or fluke, but because God Himself brought us in. The mysteries were “…revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations.”

It is easy to lose sight of this remarkable fact – and not to appreciate that our Faith is handed to us by others. From our parents; our family; our priests and Bishops and the Pope – all of whom received it from their parents or family or priests; who in turn received it before them – leading all the way back to the Apostles, and Paul, and then to Christ Himself.

That is what Paul means when he says we “…share the same inheritance…” as the Jews who were the first Chosen people of God – that God, who revealed himself to the Whole World allowed us to share the ultimate gift from Him…faith.

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