Colossians 2:6-15 Reflection:
The opening lines of today’s first reading are powerful words full of strong advice. Paul tells us to live life according to Jesus and then he goes on to say: ‘you must be rooted in him and built on him.’
When we first encounter Jesus we are carried along by feelings; feelings of being loved and feelings of joy. These are nice feelings and we enjoy them for quite some time. But eventually as in all relationships the initial feelings of elation wear off and we are left with choices of whether to go forward in the belief that this relationship is worth the effort.
This is true of all relationships.
Paul tells us that we have to become rooted in Jesus; we have to make so many little acts of faith that we become certain of Jesus’ faithfulness and his care for us. We have to become sure that he is the rock on whom we can build our life.
If we are married people we shall understand right away what it means to be certain of a person’s love. We build our lives on the fact that we know our spouse loves us.
It is the same with Jesus. We have to learn that he is really and truly trustworthy and stands by all he says.
Like all relationships this requires work and effort; it is worth it in the end.
But no one ever said it was going to be easy. Jesus even warned us in many ways, most famously by saying, “If you would be a follower of mine, take up your cross and follow me.”