As part of my own daily devotions I am posting my own paraphrases of the the Daily Lectionary here on my blog (along with a short reflection on one or more of the readings and a related quote for the day).
So now you are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but fellow citizens with the saints
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
in whom the whole structure is held together
and grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
In him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night declares knowledge.
No speech. nor words , whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and their message to the ends of the world.
And it came to pass that in those days
[Jesus] went up to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
And when day came, he called his disciples
and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he also named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,
Matthew and Thomas,
James the son of Alphaeus,
and Simon who was called the Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Reflection for Today on Ephesians
To be a dwelling place for God’s Spirit . . . that’s what Paul tells us the Church is being transformed into. The Church, built on the foundation of the prophets and apostles, with Jesus Christ as its cornerstone, and everyone of us as its member, is becoming a holy temple, a place where God’s Spirit resides and can be felt/experienced. Is there anymore exciting for the Church to contemplate? And then there is also these two facts: we are not alone or alienated from each other, nor are we strangers and sojourners in this world. No, we belong to each other, and together, as the Church, we can do amazing things.
Quote for Today
“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” – Virgil