To be full of love and grace

God chose us in [Jesus Christ]
before the world began
to be holy
and blameless in his sight,
to be full of love.
Ephesians 1: 3

 Sometimes I get attached to one translation of scripture, because it speaks to my heart. Today’s second reading from Paul to the Ephesians is one of those texts.

For years I have been using A Shorter Morning and Evening Prayer, published by The Liturgical Press. The text above is cited from that book.

However, the book, Christian Prayer: Liturgy of the Hours, leaves out the phrase “filled with love” and the lectionary text used today puts “in love” at the beginning of the following sentence.

The accepted Latin and Greek texts place “in love” with the first sentence where it could be translated “in love.”

But I prefer to recall that we are “called to be holy and blameless in His sight, to be full of love.”

To be full of love!

Today’s Gospel recall’s the angel’s salutation to Mary  – Hail, full of grace. Grace is God’s presence, God’s love present in Mary and in us.

That is what Mary shows us and that is what we are called to be – so full of God’s grace and love that we can share Jesus, God made flesh, to the world.

As Mary, full of grace, gave birth to Jesus in Bethlehem, may we, full of love, give birth to Jesus in our daily lives, in a world full of darkness, pain, and injustice.

 

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