Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians.

Praised be the God of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens!  God chose us in Christ before the world began, to be holy and blameless and to be full of love; God likewise predestined us through Christ Jesus to be adopted children – such was God’s pleasure and will – that all might praise the glory of God’s grace which was freely bestowed on us in Goo’s beloved, Jesus Christ.

It is in Christ and through the blood of Christ that we have been redeemed and our sins forgiven, so immeasurably generous is God’s favor to us.  God has given us the wisdom to understand fully the mystery, the plan decreed in Christ, to be carried out in the fullness of time; namely, to bring all things-whether in the heavens or on the earth-under Christ’s headship.

In Christ Jesus we were chosen, for in the decree of God, according to whose will and counsel, everything is administered, we were predestined to praise the glory of the Most High by being the first to hope in Christ.  In Christ you too were chosen.  When you heard the glad tidings of salvation, the word of truth, and believed in it, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the pledge of our inheritance, the first payment against the full redemption of a people who are God’s own.  Let us praise Goo’s glory.

The Word of God recorded in the letter of Paul to the Ephesians.

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