Memorize Monday: Colossians 1:15-20

Memorize Colossians 1:15-20

This passage, a hymn of sorts, answers the critical question: who is Christ?  By memorizing this hymn-poem you will have a ready answer for others, but more critically for yourself.

Use this passage as a means of meditating on Christ.  Once you’ve memorized it, bring it back to mind regularly so that you can reflect on the rich and profound things the writer of the hymn is saying about who Christ is.

For some scholarly reflection on the passage see F.F. Bruce’s article “The Christ Hymn.”

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.

  • Kimberly Knight

    I really love this notion of memorizing passages – something we progressives don’t really do anymore. I especially love such an amazingly poetic passage to carry in my heart today but I am wary notions like “have a ready answer for others”. Progressive faith is less about ready answers and more about regarding questions as holy.

  • ragansutterfield

    Thanks for your comment, Kimberly. I agree with your inclination regarding answers, but to have answers doesn’t mean that we do not still have questions. My sense that this passage would be a good answer to the question “who is Christ” was rooted in the fact that this is a poem rather than a five point explication–the power of good poetry is to keep questions open even as it articulates something about the world. So my hope, by saying this would be a ready answer, isn’t to offer an answer that settles a conversation, but an answer that invites even more conversation and inevitably, more questions. I think it would be difficult to truly sit with this passage without a great many questions rising from the text. Thanks for helping me make that more clear.

    • Kimberly Knight

      Now THAT sounds more like it!


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