Saturday, November 24, 2007

Praise and Adore Christ the King!

Praying With Scripture
Fr. Tim Fountain

On this Christ the King Sunday, I am honored to share my favorite passage of the Bible, and how I use it to shape my prayers.

Colossians 1:15-20
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

A. Prayed in praise of Christ, by adding emphasis
He
is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

B. Addressed to Christ in adoration
You are the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in you all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through you and for you. You yourself are before all things, and in you all things hold together. You are the head of the body, the church; you are the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that you might come to have first place in everything. For in you all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through you God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of your cross.

1 comment:

Chip Johnson+, cj said...

My good brother, Father.

Consider this theme plagerized, and thank you.

Chip+, cj