Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21

Scripture Referenced: Ephesians 1-3; Galatians 3:13; Galatians 4:4-7; Hebrews 12:1-2; Luke 24:25-27, 44-48; 1 Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 3:8; 1 Timothy 1:15; Ephesians 4-6

Catechism Question: #42 | How is the Word of God to be Read and Heard?

Identity in Christ in Ephesians 1-2

        • Blessed with every spiritual blessing (1:3) 

        • chosen before the foundation of the world (1:4)

        • holy and blameless before him (1:4)

        • lovingly predestined to be adopted (1:5)

        • redeemed (1:7)

        • forgiven (1:7)

        • lavished with grace (1:8)

        • sealed with the Holy Spirit, the guarantee of our inheritance (1:9)

        • called to hope (1:18)

        • recipients of his immeasurable power (1:19)

        • made alive though we were dead (2:5)

        • raised with Christ and seated with him (2:6)

        • those who God will show the immeasurable riches of his grace towards us in Jesus (2:7)

        • saved by grace (2:8)

        • created for good works that God has prepared for us (2:10)

        • brought near and given peace (2:13-14)

        • free from the law (2:15)

        • reconciled to God (2:16)

        • fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (2:19)

        • a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit (2:22)


Modern sports stadiums function much like great cathedrals once did, bringing communities together and focusing their collective energy. This summer, the Archdiocese of New York is expected to outline plans to close or merge some of its 368 parishes; 26 Catholic schools in the archdiocese have ceased operation. By contrast, the city and the state of New Jersey spent hundreds of millions to build new baseball and football stadiums.
— Washington Post, Is Religion Losing Ground to Sports?
Driving ambition might just be a way of staving off the vacuum, rather than a sign of bottomless greed for more when you have enough. An unquenchable passion for work might be a panic-stricken way of concealing the fear of a lack of passion for life itself. If you are what you do, what are you when you stop doing it and you still are? 
— Jenny Diski, The New Statesman, Learning How to Live
As idolatry and injustice always go together—injustice requiring idolatry to justify exploitation, idolatry leading to injustice as the idols fail to deliver and demand ever greater sacrifices
— Andy Crouch, Playing God, page 202
It is certain that man must utterly despair of his own ability before he is prepared to receive the grace of Christ.
— Martin Luther, the Heidelberg Disputation

Other References


Agnus Dei

Grace Alone

Jesus Paid it All

How He Loves