Every Spiritual Blessing

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
October 13, 2022

Today’s Readings:


Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, as we pray with Paul’s beautiful Ephesians hymn, I would like to take a little different tack with my daily reflection. Although you are reading this around October 12th or 13th, I am writing it on October 2nd. I am in Sea Isle City finishing up an eight-day retreat with Clare D’Auria, a Sister of St. Francis who is filled with the Holy Spirit. Hurricane Ian is wagging its tail outside my window with downpours of rain and 30-40 MPH winds. But my spirit is quiet, still, blessed and grateful.

Then, as I read, I am given the amazing further gift of this passage:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.

In Christ we have redemption by his Blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

Ephesians 1:1-10

My dear readers, in heaven’s name, what more could be said!!!!!

I simply read these verses today, taking them phrase by phrase, letting their grace sink into my spirit, lifting my whole being in reverence and gratitude. I encourage you to do the same.

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