He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. Through him we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creatures. In him everything in heaven and on earth was created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities. All were created through him; all were created for him.
He is before all else that is. In him everything continues in being.
It is he who is head of the body, the church. He who is the beginning, the first-born of the dead, so that primacy may be his in everything. It pleased God to have all his fullness reside in him and, by means of him, to reconcile everything in his person, both on earth and in the heavens, making peace through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:12-20)
For reflection: St. Paul gives us this great hymn of praise of Jesus. Let us choose one phrase or sentence to think about and let it dwell within us for a day or two.