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Take a Breath, Paul! Ephesians 1:3-14

Take a Breath, Paul!

Our life with God in the here and now is a guarantee of a better life to come.


Reading texts that are full of professional jargon can be a daunting task even for the experts, let alone a layperson unfamiliar with the lingo. This is the feeling we get when we approach one of the apostle’s long sentences. We need to take a breath, read slowly and then, when we grasp what he’s saying, it’s truly amazing.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The J Factor,” January 4, 2009.


Let’s have some pity for Starbucks baristas. They must try to interpret orders like these:

  • Venti half and half, 10 pumps vanilla, extra whip
  • Venti iced skinny hazelnut macchiato, sugar-free syrup, extra shot, light ice, no whip
  • Iced, half caff, ristretto, venti, 4-pump, sugar-free, cinnamon, dolce soy skinny latte
  • Espresso, iced, with a dollop of foam on top
  • Double venti frenchest roast cortado in a plastic cup with extra whipped cream
  • 2 volumetric ounces of turbinado sugar, 4 scoops ...

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