Seek the Things that are Above! St Paul’s Advice

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Seek the Things that are Above …

Seek the Things that are Above …

If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead to the world; and your life is hid with Christ in God.

from Saint Paul’s letter to the Colossians 3:1-3.

From the commentary for the New American Bible Catholic edition:

“This letter is addressed to a congregation at the Colossae in the Lycus Valley in Asia Minor, east of Ephesus. At the time of writing, Paul had not visited there, the letter says…The community had apparently been established by Epaphras of Colossae…Problems, however, had arisen, brought on by teachers who emphasized Christ’s relation to the universe (cosmos) …

“By retaining the message of the gospel that the risen, living Christ is the source of their salvation, the Colossians will be free from false religious evaluations of the things of the world (1-2). They have died to these; but one day when Christ…appears, they will live with Christ in the presence of God (3-4).”

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