And through [Christ] God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Lent is a journey towards the cross, where Jesus gives his life to reconcile all people to God. In today’s reading, Paul broadens our understanding of salvation to include all things, not only human beings.
The God who created everything sets out to redeem not only human beings but the whole creation through Jesus, who was there in the beginning (John 1.1), the one through whom and for whom and in whom all things were created.
Spend some time this weekend nurturing something living – planting some seeds, taking care of a pet or feeding the birds – remembering that God made and cares for all things.
Prayer for the week
God is love, let heaven adore him;
God is love, let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him
and exalt him with one voice.
God who laid the earth’s foundation,
God who spread the heavens above,
God who breathes through all creation:
God is love, eternal love.
Timothy Rees (1874-1939)
Look after something living this weekend
Spend time planting some seeds, taking care of a pet or feeding the birds, remembering that God made and cares for all things.