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"For Faith Weekly Devotional"


"For Faith Weekly Devotional"

This week I was asked to write Bishop Wright’s For Faith weekly devotional. He instituted this during Advent last year and if you do not subscribe already I encourage you to do so. Go to this website https://www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/FOR_FAITH_weekly_devotional.asp and you can subscribe to receive For Faith and the Diocese’s weekly e-newsletter called Connecting. On the site you will see archived devotions and you can get a sense of what can be expressed in 150 words. I must confess it was difficult to say what I wanted to say in such a short space. Truth be told, I took every last bit of the 150 words maximum! Here is what I wrote reflecting on the Epistle (Colossians 2:6-19) and the Gospel (Luke 11:1-13) for this coming Sunday.

I am sure you have heard it said before that we are living somewhere between the already and the not yet of the kingdom.

St Paul (and those who learned from him) teaches that in Christ the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and that we have come to fullness in him (Col. 2:9-10). He is asserting that fullness has happened—God’s fullness in humanity and therefore humanity’s fullness in God. In our obedience and commitment to Christ we are stepping into the fullness of the kingdom, not with some bits and pieces of our lives, but rather with our whole bodies, we are all in.

So, when we pray in the Eucharist, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” we mean for this to show up now, fully. Come to the Eucharist expecting God fully and we will be a bit more already and a bit less not yet.

What would it look like for the kingdom to show up in your life, in our communities, and in your relationships? What would it mean to say that you were all in? I have heard vocation defined this way before: our willingness to go all in. Our primary vocation is to live as the baptized, reconciling all things to God through Christ. I encourage you to take stock of this primary vocation, what areas of your life, and of our shared life, need to be a bit more already?