Eph. 2:11-22/Psalm 85:8-13/Luke 12:35-38
Paul speaks elsewhere of being “in Christ”. “In him we live and move and have our being.” [Acts 17:28] “…we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…” [Eph:4:15] The phrase, “in Christ”, has often fascinated me, so I’d like to ponder what it may mean. Being “in Christ” may be one of those mysteries best comprehended without words in contemplation. But it of our nature to attempt to contain ineffable mysteries in our poor words. A poet [Alexander Pope] once said, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread…” But I’m undeterred.
So what does it mean to be “in Christ”? I’d like to explore this in reference to the passage from Ephesians we heard this evening and also in reference to an extraordinary document produced by the recent Synod of Roman Catholic bishops: the “Relatio post disceptationem”, specifically, the first draft version that came out about a week ago.