Memory of Jesus crucified

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Memorial of Moses. Called by the Lord, he freed the people of Israel from the slavery of Egypt and led them to the “promised land.”

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Colossians 1, 15-20

He is the image of the unseen God, the first-born of all creation,

for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth: everything visible and everything invisible, thrones, ruling forces, sovereignties, powers -- all things were created through him and for him.

He exists before all things and in him all things hold together,

and he is the Head of the Body, that is, the Church. He is the Beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that he should be supreme in every way;

because God wanted all fullness to be found in him

and through him to reconcile all things to him, everything in heaven and everything on earth, by making peace through his death on the cross.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

As an invitation to the Colossians not to give in to the dark powers of the world, Paul composes the Christological hymn. He first speaks of the pre-existence and superiority of Christ over all creation, including the hosts of cosmic powers, that is, of all immaterial power. They no longer have the strength to compete with Christ, the one true response to human uneasiness. By affirming that the Son is “the image of the invisible God" and "the firstborn of all creation," the apostle is not just saying that he is the first and most important of creatures, but that he has pre-eminence over all of creation. In the Son, all creation, including its invisible dimensions - which the apostle lists individually - finds consistency, reason and sense. The Son is at the origin and the end of history, which culminates with the resurrection of Jesus, the central event that makes all things new. In fact, the "new creation" begins with Christ's resurrection. And the Risen One, who reconciles all things (1:20), is the centre of unity towards which everything converges. But he carries out his plan for universal reconciliation through the Church of which he is the head (this is the first time in the New Testament that Christi is presented as the head of the body of the Church). The apostle makes clear what it means to belong to Christ: to become, as a community, a sacrament of Christ in the world. But he adds that Christ is the "firstborn". With his resurrection, Christ inaugurates the universal resurrection of the dead. He is the first to rise. He is the one who opens the path, "the firstborn within a large family" (Rom 8:29), the one who fulfilled the deeper vocation of humanity: to enter into communion with God. Paul does not take his eyes off Christ and never tires of exalting his primacy: in Christ, "all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell." And even though evil still is at work in the world, it has been fundamentally weakened by Jesus. In him, God has already achieved peace among all creatures, cosmic peace. ?