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Saved By Grace

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In this selection from the first reading of the day1, St. Paul describes how the Ephesian community has become "His handiworks", God’s poemata (Ephesians 2:10), created in Christ, made for good works so as to live in good works.  The Ephesians were changed from what they were before (vv. 1-3) by God’s mercy and kindness (v.4).  The following elements should be noted:

  • the contrast between "in which you once lived" (transgressions and sins, v. 1) with "that we should live in them" (good works, v. 10)
  • the contrast between "in the desires of the flesh" (v. 2) with "in Christ" (vv. 5,6,7)
  • the implied contrast between "we were children of wrath" (v. 3) and "we are children of God" (to be supplied by the reader on the basis of the greater context of the epistle)
  • the phrase "by grace you  have been saved" that frames God’s actions in vv. 6-7
  • the theme of salvation by faith (v.8) that echoes other Pauline passages
  • the Christian as a new creation in Christ (v.10)

This last idea (new creation) will be deepened in the subsequent sections of the letter.  The responsorial psalm for the day, Psalm 100 — The Lord made us, we belong to Him — reiterates the idea that the Church is now the new Israel that with the new covenant becomes a special possession of Jesus’ Father.

Read an explanation of the Gospel reading here: On Greed and Wealth
Ephesians 2:10
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10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus in good works, which God hath prepared that we should walk in them.

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