Colossians 3:1-11 Reflection:
Paul was nothing if not very practical. In today’s reading he gives us a lot of advice on the everyday life of the follower of the Lord. First he tells us what has happened to us when we met Jesus:
“Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ,” is Paul’s description of the change that takes place in the person who comes to faith. ‘True life’ is something that can only be felt from the inside, something that Jesus gives to us and we know it is real. That is the problem with the poor scoffers, they can’t feel it and don’t believe in it because they don’t allow themselves to work at faith and grow in knowledge of Jesus. Patiently going to Mass and listening for the word of God in their hearts is too slow an action for them. So many people are caught in the ‘I want it now’ culture.
Paul then tells us what we should do in this new way of living: “you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand.”
The focus of our life shifts; instead of seeing a tree as a wonderful work of evolution we see the tree as a beautiful gift from God, magnificent in its glory and reflecting the creative work of God. These are two totally different views of the world. In the Christian life we are constantly called to see the world through the eyes of faith. The more we practice this virtue the easier it becomes and the more we see God in everything: soon the wisdom of Paul’s first sentence in this reading becomes clear to us.