An Ascending Chain

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2 Peter 1:1-11

Peter urges his first recipients and us, his latest ones, to reverse the downward spiral of earthly lust into an ascent of virtues. There is a rising chain for us to climb with the energy of eight virtues, links in the upward movement. They are found in verses 5 to 7. Meditate upon each of them, sensing in your spirit how each yields to the next. Make each of these abstractions into inner spiritual realities by applying your senses to them, especially tasting each virtue as you receive the next one.

All of these, along with the theme of “knowledge of the Lord,” weave through this letter as gifts from God. Their source rests upon the greatest gift of all—divine life pulsing through our human, mortal flesh.

The Reading for Today

Daily Bible Breaths

Version for Children and Families

This is the Fifth of Six Weeks in Epiphany, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the first and second letters of Peter in the season of Advent to Epiphany.

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