Thought for the Day: Though Paul rejected some of his Jewish heritage, he held to other parts of it. In this case, he taught the Jewish idea of history being divided into two parts: Present evil age and the coming new age. According to Paul’s thinking, it was the life and death of Jesus that became the entry point through which a person could travel into this new realm, beginning the journey in the waters of baptism. Though the present evil age would attempt to maintain its influence, Paul believed its power had no ultimate authority. In this time when many Christians are looking at the current world filled with hate and violence, disease and suffering, it is our task to point toward the new age that is already present because of Jesus and his witness. We do this by living as those who are a part of the new age, the new age of love, mercy and justice.
Prayer: Help me to embrace your new world, O God, for it is my task as a follower of Jesus to fully represent, not what was, but what is. Amen.
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