SPEAKING AS I OUGHT TO


Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; and pray for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of (ἐξαγοραζόμενοι, redeeming) the time. Let your speech always be in grace (ἐν χάριτι), seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” (Col 4: 2-6)

It is not only the Apostle himself who is called to “declare the mystery of Christ,” and to “make it clear.” He also instructs his people, including all of us, to speak “in grace,” that we may know “how” to answer every one, when we are asked. He doesn’t say, if anyone asks you a faith-related question, refer him or her to me, or to another of the Apostles or presbyters of the Church. You all share in this response-ability (i.e., in this “ability to respond”), as carriers of the Word.

So, let me be ready today, to speak “as I ought to speak,” if I happen to be confronted with a question regarding “the mystery of Christ.” Today I am called to “make the most of the time” and place in which God places me, to His greater glory.

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