Today’s New Testament reading: ‘We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins’.

St John Chrysostom writes: ‘But what is, “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will”? That through the Son we should be brought unto Him, and no more through Angels. Now that you must be brought unto Him, you have learned, and why He sent the Son. For had it been that we were to have been saved by Angels, He would not have sent Him, would not have given Him up. In all spiritual wisdom, he says, and understanding. For since the philosophers deceived them, I wish you, he says, to be in spiritual wisdom, not after the wisdom of men. But in order to know the will of God, there needs to be spiritual wisdom; to know His Essence, what it is, there is need of continual prayer’.

‘Pray always’ – this injunction will serve us well, in all our everyday events and occurrences. A simple glance towards the Lord who lives in our heart will often suffice, and keeps us open to His Presence and His will as it is revealed to us.

May God keep us all in His love today.