… A plan for the fullness of times. (Ephesians 1:10)
Today, Paul takes us behind the scenes into the mind of God. Unlike his usual messages, this one focuses on God’s eternal plan. Paul tells us that God’s plan is a “mystery” that cannot be grasped by our human minds alone (Ephesians 1:9). That’s why he has revealed it to us: we could never have figured it out on our own!
And what is his plan? To draw all men and women to him and to unite us through his Son. He wants every one of us to be with him in heaven.
To help us grasp God’s plan, Paul breaks it down into four different dimensions, each of which can fill our hearts with praise and awe and gratitude. First, we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Second, God’s grace has been lavished on us. Third, this grace will carry us through to our ultimate destination, which is heaven. And fourth, God has made this plan known to us so that we can become co-workers with him, giving him praise and glory by our works and our witness.
Today, God wants to reassure us that his plan is still unfolding. He wants us to tell everyone else that God is at work. He wants to send us all out into the world with the good news that our heavenly Father is alive and well. He wants us to assure our friends and families that God has a plan for each of their lives, a plan to bring them to heaven if they believe and trust in him.
So as we celebrate Mass today, let’s keep Paul’s words close to our hearts so that we can share them with the people close to us. No one should have to go through their lives without the hope, peace, and joy that come from knowing that God is in control. Life really does make sense when we know where we are headed!
“Father, thank you for revealing your mind to me. By your Spirit, help me to grasp your wisdom more deeply—and to proclaim it to everyone I meet today!”~WAU