Colossians 1:15-20

Dear Readers,

At this time I feel led to re-post a series of messages which reflect on a Scripture passage that I believe has a special meaning for our time and for all time. Several years ago as I adored our Lord in the Eucharist, I was given a word to pray. That word was “orianata”. I prayed that word from time to time, trusting in the promptings of the Spirit, but not knowing what the word meant. Some time later, again at adoration, I felt the Lord reveal to me the meaning of that word to be, “All things through Him.” There was an emphasis on the word “through”. I had a strong impression that if I could enter into the Host in the monstrance that I would be in heaven. I felt very vividly that the Eucharist is indeed a gateway to heaven and that we receive heaven when we receive Holy Communion. There was much to ponder there and I was overjoyed to have the meaning of this word. I felt led to pray “orianata” at the elevation of the Eucharist. All things through Him.

Some time later I was at Mass and the reading was Colossians 1:15-20. That day the passage pierced me with a certain knowledge that this was the full meaning of the word. I continued to pray this word at the elevation and at other times, feeling intense gratitude for the gift of such a powerful word. In that one word I was able to praise Jesus with a whole passage of Scripture!

I have since pondered this passage and have come to a deeper appreciation for it. Our Lord has led me in two studies of that passage and I want to share these with you by dedicating a new page of my blog to Colossians 1:15-20. Although these passages have already been posted to my blog I felt called to highlight them in this way at this time.

As I said before, I believe this passage has a special meaning for our time. Verse 17 says, “In Him all things hold together.” Is it any wonder that in this faithless age, everything is falling apart?

I want to invite you, if you so desire, to pray this word, orianata, often with the intention of praising Jesus in a special way in reparation for the blasphemies, sacrileges, desecrations, and all the many sins of this age. I invite you also to ponder the Scripture passage with me or on your own so that our Lord may be praised in more ways and places by more of his faithful children.

God bless each of you. Let us pray for each other.

Study I

Colossians 1: 15 (He is) the firstborn of all creation.

Ah beloved! Jesus, God the Son was begotten of the Father, and the love they shared came to life in the Holy Spirit, and gave life. No life came apart from the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life. No life is possible apart from the Holy Spirit. My child, to say that Jesus was the ‘firstborn of all creation’ says also that he set in motion all that was to follow. There is no event or person or thing that did not spring from this perfect Source. It is sin that distorts creation. Can you see how creation is groaning and thrashing against the weight of sin? But just as Christ set in motion all that came after him, so also will he set in motion the new creation that is to come. My beloved, do not cease to pray for this. Pray also for mercy, for the time is short.”

Lord Jesus, son of the Living God, have mercy on us! I pray for your coming in glory; I long for it! So much sin and anger, destruction and chaos in the world! May your coming bring healing and peace, especially to those whose hearts are far from you. Sweet Jesus, come in glory! Amen.

Colossians 1: 16 For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him.

My beloved, do you see how painful it is to your Lord when his children idolize creation but do not give a thought to Him through whom and in whom all things exist? My child, God the Son is the source and summit, the reason and the power behind all creation. Ponder this, my child. Let your heart absorb what your mind cannot. My child, ponder this and be at peace.”

My Lord Jesus, Source of all created things. I worship you. May all who worship created things be given light and truth. Lord, have mercy on us all. Amen.

Colossians 1: 17 He is before all things…

Beloved, God the Son is first and foremost. Nothing on earth or in heaven has dominion over him. In humility he submitted himself to the Father, then became one like you and submitted himself in all humility to the authority of humans, in keeping with the Father’s will. At no time did God the Son ever lose his preeminence, but voluntarily, out of love for mere creatures, he willingly veiled his glory to become man. My child, he is before all things.”

Lord Jesus, first and foremost, graceful, powerful, loving, merciful God, I adore you. I am so very weak and unworthy of all you offer me in your mercy. But my Jesus, I trust in you and so have the courage to kiss your holy feet in adoration and supplication. Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner.

Colossians 1: 17 …and in him all things hold together.

Beloved child, believe this to be true. It is Christ that holds everything together, everything in heaven and everything on earth. He is the source of unity. Can you see that to reject Christ through sin brings disunity, dis-ease and destruction? He is the mystical force behind peace and harmony. The very earth is crumbling under the weight of sin. If all accepted Jesus, his Spirit would infuse everything, and tranquility and peace would prevail. But sadly, so many refuse to even desire peace and tranquility. Child, you must pray for the conversion of a great many sinners. God’s mercy desires it and all creation requires it. Pray and fast, my child.”

Lord God, Prince of Peace, King of Mercy, let your Spirit come upon all your children, but especially the most hardened sinners. I ask through the perfect prayers of your Mother for the conversion of very many sinners, and especially those closest to me. Jesus, my Beloved, have mercy on us all. Amen.

Colossians 1: 18 He is the head of the body, the church.

Child, this has always been true and will always be true. Even in times of corrupt leadership and great tribulation Jesus did not cease to be the head of his church. This could no more happen than could your own head leave your body. No matter what happens within your body, your head does not say, ‘I am done with you. I am leaving.’ Your head tries very hard to heal your body and to train it in the ways of health and holiness. So too with Christ. When the body has erred, a time of training and medicinal therapy may follow. But the Lord has promised to be with his church to the end of the age and he is faithful.”

Lord I praise you for your faithfulness and for the love that moves you to care for and nourish your body. For your own body and blood are its food and drink, spiritual food to make your body holy and pure. I can see then that you would not abandon the body you feed with your own flesh and blood. Lord, unite your church in peace and humility through Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Colossians 1: 18 He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead…

My beloved, since Christ is over all and before all, it must follow that he be firstborn from the dead. This was God’s plan from all eternity and in Christ alone may eternal life be found. Eternal life flows from the wound in his side and all who enter into the flow of his mercy will be saved. My child, never despair of any soul. It is Christ’s to decide who will live. Rely on his mercy. Believe, hope and trust in his mercy. Recommend all souls to his mercy. For Jesus rose from the dead, first and foremost, to deliver the dead from death. So then, child, feel confident in delivering those whose souls appear lifeless into the fountain of mercy. Fast and pray for these souls. Have faith. Believe and be at peace.”

Lord Jesus, I am amazed at the depth and breadth and height of your mercy. I place all those you have given me to pray for into the stream of life that flows from your side. Take all those you have given me, O Lord, and draw them to your bosom where they will live for all eternity. Lord have mercy on us all. Amen.

Colossians 1: 18 …that in all things he himself might be preeminent.

Beloved, Christ is above all and before all. Those who place the gods of this world above Christ are guilty of a grave sin. If not for the great mercy of Christ, none could survive. But in Christ there is mercy and the fullness of redemption. In him all come to the Father. Pray, my child, for all those whose hearts are far from the Source of all. Pray for grace and mercy to enter them, that they might recognize their Lord and repent of their sin. Child, apart from prayer they will flounder. Your prayers will be heard, for prayers for souls come from the very heart of God and express his longings.”

Lord, none of us deserves to be called by you. We do not merit the grace you give that produces faith. Lord, do not forget those whose hearts are far from you. In your mercy, grant them the grace to know you and to believe. Amen.

Colossians 1: 19 For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell.

My beloved, Christ embodies everything in heaven and on earth. Your Lord Jesus alone is the worthy vessel, the perfect container of the plenitude of the Father. In Jesus you may find all you need, for all is in him. Then, my child, why do you look elsewhere? Your home is in your Lord, Jesus Christ, in whom all fullness dwells. Do you prefer shiny glass to precious jewels? Christ contains all. Let all your desires begin and end in him.”

Lord have mercy on me, a sinner. Grant me the grace to desire you alone. Wipe clean any desires that pollute my soul. Lord Jesus, I long for you! You are my all and I adore you forever. Amen.

Colossians 1: 20 …and through him to reconcile all things for him…

My child, through Jesus alone is reconciliation possible. Even those who do not know Jesus must go through Jesus to be reconciled to God and to another. He alone is the pathway of reconciliation. To him alone belongs the power of forgiveness and by him alone is forgiveness possible. He mediates forgiveness and reconciliation in all ways and times and places, though often in unknown ways. How much joy does one give him who acknowledges this gift and the Giver of the gift who is Christ the Lord! My child be ever mindful of this.”

Lord Jesus, I praise and thank you for your great gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation, fruits of the Divine Mercy. I pray that all will desire these gifts and will acknowledge and give thanks to the Giver, Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace. Amen.

Colossians 1: 20 …making peace by the blood of his cross…

Beloved child, it was in the violence of the cross that true peace was born. The labor of Christ gave birth to peace, for in his perfect sacrifice offered to the Father for all, he purchased and won the kingdom of heaven, which is peace. Beloved you would do well to ponder this mystery. It would help you to imitate Christ more perfectly.”

Lord help me. Only by grace and the Holy Spirit will this truth become clear to me. Lord Jesus, I praise and thank you for the labor of the cross, which gave birth to peace for all. May peace reign on earth as it does in heaven through Christ the Savior. Amen.

Colossians 1: 20 …whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Beloved, all creation must be reconciled to God through Christ. Heaven and earth find fulfillment in him. Apart from Christ darkness reigns. My child, the earth is filled with shadow at this time. Be the one to pray and fast for peace. Dispel the shadows with the perfect light of Christ. Become like him and you will be a beacon of hope in a stormy sea. My child, let the light of Christ be your hope and let it bring hope to the world through you.”

My beloved Jesus, I feel so inadequate for this task. I am too soggy with sin to carry the flame of hope. But in your mercy all things become possible. Lord I desire to become Christ. Help me to overcome my weakness, that the light of Christ will become visible in me. Jesus! Jesus! I love you!

Study II

Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

“My child, look upon him. See him in your heart where he waits for you to look on him with eyes of love. He is there-the image of the invisible God. See him in the Eucharist, small and humble, where he waits to nourish your soul. He is there -the image of the invisible God. See him in your faith, pure life-giving, sustaining, where he waits to give you hope and lasting joy. He is there-the image of the invisible God, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, firstborn of all creation. My child, look upon him and believe!”

Lord Jesus, I believe in your abiding presence in my heart, in the Eucharist and in the great gift of faith you have given me. I see you, Jesus, in all things through Mary, beloved Mother of your heart and mine. Amen.

January 18, 2006

Colossians 1: 16 For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him.

Orianata! “My beloved, this passage is key. Christ is the key-the key to understanding all of creation history. Without Christ, all that would remain would be the formless void. Every event in human history must be viewed through the lens of the cross. After a lifetime of this form of contemplation and study, it may be possible for a holy soul to comprehend a small iota of the meaning of this passage. Child, its depths can never be reached, but there is great merit in plumbing them.”

Lord my God, I believe that Jesus, Son of the living God is the key that unlocks the mystery of creation. Lord, show me how to study you all the days of my life. Blessed Mother, guide me, and guide my decisions. Amen.

January 19, 2006

Colossians 1: 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

“My child, Christ is the glue, the rare earth magnet that draws all things to himself and keeps them together in him. He is the force acting on all things to draw them into his heart. Even those who refuse his love owe to him at least a debt of gratitude for all he has done for them. But sadly this debt is often left unpaid. My child, continue to fast and pray for sinners.”

Lord, may your name be praised forever! Jesus, you are all I desire. In your mercy, draw all souls to yourself, especially those most in need of your mercy.

January 20. 2006

Colossians 1:18 He is the head of the body, the church.

“My child, how often is this forgotten! So often those who count themselves as part of the Body behave as though there were no head. But a headless body cannot live. When they separate themselves from the head, they sever their connection to life. My child, pray very diligently for the church, that all her members will submit themselves to their Head, the Lord of Life, Jesus Christ.”

Jesus, Beloved, by the prayers of the most humble Virgin Mary, may those who cut themselves off from you be converted to the truth of your Lordship over the church and over all that lives. Lord, have mercy on us all. Amen.

January 21, 2006

Colossians 1:18 … He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent.

“Child, there is nothing on earth or in heaven that can supplant the preeminence of Christ. If you wish to enter into glory you must first unite yourself to him who is firstborn from the dead. My child,why would anyone fight or refuse union with the Lord of life and love? It is the deceiver, the tempter who leads them away from full unity with Jesus. My child, do not neglect to pray for them. They are many.”

Lord my God, through Jesus in Mary I ask the gift of conversion on all who refuse and disdain unity with you in Jesus. Have mercy, O Lord! Have mercy on us all! Amen.

January 22, 2006

Colossians 1: 19 For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell…

“My child, there is nothing lacking in Christ. He is all, and all is in him. The complete fullness of heaven and earth come together in him. All of human history has its source and fulfillment in him. There is nothing outside of him save those who damn themselves to eternal torment through total rejection of Christ. My beloved, it is for these you must pray and fast more than any others.”

Jesus, Lord almighty, merciful Savior, take pity on us! I ask the intercession of my Queen and Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary over all these poor sinners, that they might turn from sin and receive the good news of Jesus Christ. Amen.

January 23, 2006

Colossians 1:20 …and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross.

“My beloved, all peace, all reconciliation has its source in Jesus Christ. The power of the cross became for all the font of peace and reconciliation, for through it all sinners were bathed in mercy and offered a place, in Christ, at the right hand of God. All who accept this perfect sacrifice and are reconciled to God through Jesus must become workers for the peace that comes from this great gift of love. My child, be a worker for peace. The world needs many, many more.”

Lord Jesus, show me what I must do and give me the grace to follow you in perfect submission through Mary, your holy Mother. Amen.


9 thoughts on “Colossians 1:15-20

  1. In Christ all things hold together. He is the central point, the unity.WITHOUT Him it all falls apart. these words really make sense to me. that is why we are seeing so much fall apart and will continue to do so , so with HIS GRace when things are really fallen apart , people will realize Christ should be the focus and then all will reunite under Him and things will be together again!!!! but in a brilliant NEW ERA.
    thank you for sharing so much. anne

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  2. So true, Anne! Our Lord wants us to remain firmly rooted in hope, for he is making all things new. He is restoring the RIGHT order of the world; it needs to be re-oriented to Him. Just think, if all the compasses of the world had their own “north” how lost everyone would be. That is exactly what is happening spiritually-so many are creating their own focal point and we are all suffering because of it. May God have mercy on all who have strayed!

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  3. Your writings are so beautiful. This is the first time I have read your entire website and look forward to really studying each message in the next day or two. Thank you for sharing them with us. Mary

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  4. The world’s scientists have discovered that there is a missing 94 or 96% of the Universe and have spent the last 16 or so years searching for and trying to measure it. They say that it holds the Universe together! When I was watching this program on TV the other night I immediately thought of this Scripture in Colossians. Of course they will not acknowledge that this is ‘ Jesus’ and add insult to their ignorance and have called it Dark Matter. My prayer is that they will see that it is the Perfect Light Himself. Thank you for your beautiful blog. God’s abundant blessings.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that PetaJoy. Very interesting correlation. Perhaps when they are all done “researching” they will find that the Lord is 100% responsible for holding the universe together! 🙂

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  5. PetaJoy, Peli, precisely today March 30 CERN is about to collide their proton particles at 7TeV (I presume this means at very high speed) in order to help them be able to define what the “Dark Matter” is made up of. Here is the livestream link
    It would be wonderful if the answer was to open the eyes of many scientists to the existence and love of God but I fear it will simply release further exploitation of the gift of Creation.


  6. Years ago when I was in the convent, I set this Colossians passage to music. I have forgotten so many things over the years, but not that passage. I sing it often to myself, and find myself returning to it almost daily. I follow Mark Mallett’s blog and webcasts, discovered you yesterday–I left the church about 25 years ago (my story is on my website–see also my JOURNAL), and returned in great tears in November. My story is one of MERCY. He has relentlessly pursued me over the years, and my call today is to PRAISE MERCY! Read Romans 8 along with Colossians. Original sin wrecked the beautiful order which God established in Creation, so Creation is in bondage to sin, along with man. We have the first fruits of redemption through our baptism, but our bodies groan along with creation for the full flowering of salvation which we continue to work out in the course of our lifetimes and time. This passage in Colossians means so much to me, as does Romans. I hurt for all of nature which is in slavery along with man. Even when we don’t how to pray, the Spirit groans within us, makes us cry out “Abba.” Yes, I feel in my spirit that we are close to the endtimes, at least of Earth as we have known it. I struggle to trust more, and to love, and to live His will as a sacrament of the moment, moment by moment. God bless all of you–not many people near me seem to understand what is happening, and these blogs give me a sense of community and support which I so much appreciate.

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    1. Peace and all good Kathy. Welcome! I appreciate your comments and will spend some time in Romans 8. I would love to hear Colossians put to music. May God make it possible if not in this life, then surely in the next.

      I thank God for pursuing you relentlessly. It gives me great hope for those I love who are still running away.

      I’ll check out your website too. 🙂

      God bless.

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