Now… On this, I check my catechism, and right there in the index, under redemption, it says “meaning only ascertainable in faith”, and points me to paragraph 573. You can do a goggle search on the title to get it from the Vatican website. There are even large print Catholic Bibles and Family Catholic Bibles including some beautiful Children's Bibles. But by “the sufferings of Christ” he means here the fatigue, labors, persecutions, and the like, endured by our Lord in His public life and ministry, which, as they were the lot of Christ, the head, during His brief mortal existence, must also be the lot of His mystical body, the Church, till the end of time; it is these sufferings of Christ’s mystical body that must be supplied by the Apostles and their true followers throughout the history of the Church. Callan's brief summary of verses 24-29, followed by more detailed notes. St. Paul writes, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.”. The main point is that our sufferings are not wasted if we join them to Christ’s sacrifice; they become of great value. 3:10). What is the meaning of Colossians 1:24? google_ad_slot = "0686168622"; For official apologetics resources please visit. To whom God hath willed to make known the riches of the glory of this ministry among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Striving. 25. (Witham) — Wanting. It was put to me in my RCIA class that suffering is a redemptive force, and Colossians 1:24 was cited as evidence. There is no want in the sufferings of Christ himself as head; but many sufferings are still wanting, or are still to come in his body, the Church, and his members, the faithful. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. We do that by following Christ to our own crosses and taking them up. […]. That we may present, etc. But others may have different reflections about this passage. (Challoner) — St. Chrysostom here observes that Jesus Christ loves us so much, that he is not content merely to suffer in his own person, but he wishes also to suffer in his members; and thus we fill up what is wanting of the sufferings of Christ. Most of the rest of this post is a very abbreviated paraphrase/summary of the commentary from the Navarre Bible on Colossians 1:24. Jesus was not just a great man or a super-creature, but God himself. Christ’s passion on the cross was totally sufficient to save all men; for whatever reason, God chose to permit each one of us participate in Jesus’s work for our salvation. Colossians: Chapter 1 >>> Brief Overview of Colossians - The Douay Rheims Catholic Bible The content of Colossians according to the Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible scriptures contains a short overview of the main subjects, people, events and ancient topics in the following summary of the Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible Scriptures: Change ). Dr. T. K. Abbott, a candid non-Catholic scholar, has a very pertinent passage which bears on this point (Eph. google_ad_height = 600; Colossians also focuses on the divinity of Jesus. Callan’s brief summary of verses 24-29, followed by more detailed notes, Commentaries on the Sunday Mass Readings of the Extraordinary Form, Scripture Index for the Extraordinary Form, Fr. The scope of Apostolic discipline and teaching was to make every man perfect in the faith and love of Christ. What is St. Paul talking about here? Didn’t mean to kill the thread! Christ In You - Colossians 1:24-29 - Jon Courson - Duration: 45:33. Includes verse 29. on Romans (Complete), Fr Callan’s Comm. (Mat 10:38 “he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”) Salvation requires that we accept what Christ has merited for us and that means accepting the suffering that comes to us in the course of living our daily lives as Christians in the world, both the little things (minor annoyances) and the big things (cancer, loss of a loved one, economic disaster). […] Father Callan’s Commentary on Colossians 1:24-29. 26. I think that is what Paul means by filling up in his own flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ. Whereof, i.e., on behalf of which, namely, the Church, he has been “made a minister,” or servant, “according to the dispensation,” or stewardship, committed to him by God Himself for the benefit of the Colossians, as of all other pagans. Through that suffering, we participate with God’s grace in our own redemptions. I’m having a hard time with interpretation of this Scripture… especially given it was misquoted as “in my suffering I complete what is lacking in the church”… which I don’t think was being said. 3 We give thanks for you to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, continually in our prayers, It may be noted in passing, that the words of the Epistle against the superstitious worship of angels cannot be taken as condemning the Catholic invocation of angels. See St. Chrysostom and St. Augustine. The riches of the glory, etc., i.e., the wealth of divine goodness and mercy which has been manifested in the conversion of the Gentiles even more than in that of the Jews, for the latter had a revelation of the Messiah to come and of a future life.