July 22, 2012, First Reading

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesian   2: 13-18

2:13 But now, in Christ Jesus, you, who were in times past far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
2:14 For he is our peace. He made the two into one, by dissolving the intermediate wall of separation, of opposition, by his flesh,
2:15 emptying the law of commandments by decree, so that he might join these two, in himself, into one new man, making peace
2:16 and reconciling both to God, in one body, through the cross, destroying this opposition in himself.
2:17 And upon arriving, he evangelized peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near.
2:18 For by him, we both have access, in the one Spirit, to the Father.


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