Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Colossians

Biblical Verses Omitted From Roman Catholic Mass Readings

Chapter 1 is covered in full in the Mass Readings sometime at least every three years.

Chapter 2 verses 4-5 and 16-23 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[4] Now this I say, that no man may deceive you by loftiness of words. [5] For though I be absent in body, yet in spirit I am with you; rejoicing, and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith which is in Christ

[16] Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in respect of a festival day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths, [17] Which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. [18] Let no man seduce you, willing in humility, and religion of angels, walking in the things which he hath not seen, in vain puffed up by the sense of his flesh, [19] And not holding the head, from which the whole body, by joints and bands, being supplied with nourishment and compacted, groweth unto the increase of God.

[20] If then you be dead with Christ from the elements of this world, why do you yet decree as though living in the world? [21] Touch not, taste not, handle not: [22] Which all are unto destruction by the very use, according to the precepts and doctrines of men. [23] Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in superstition and humility, and not sparing the body; not in any honour to the filling of the flesh.

Chapter 3 verses 22 and 25 have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[22] Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not serving to the eye, as pleasing men, but in simplicity of heart, fearing God. ...[25] For he that doth wrong, shall receive for that which he hath done wrongfully: and there is no respect of persons with God.

Chapter 4 verses 1-18  have been omitted from the Mass readings.

[1] Masters, do to your servants that which is just and equal: knowing that you also have a master in heaven.

[2] Be instant in prayer; watching in it with thanksgiving: [3] Praying withal for us also, that God may open unto us a door of speech to speak the mystery of Christ (for which also I am bound;) [4] That I may make it manifest as I ought to speak. [5] Walk with wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time. [6] Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

[7] All the things that concern me, Tychicus, our dearest brother, and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord, will make known to you, [8] Whom I have sent to you for this same purpose, that he may know the things that concern you, and comfort your hearts, [9] With Onesimus, a most beloved and faithful brother, who is one of you. All things that are done here, they shall make known to you.

[10] Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, saluteth you, and Mark, the cousin german of Barnabus, touching whom you have received commandments; if he come unto you, receive him: [11] And Jesus, that is called Justus: who are of the circumcision: these only are my helpers in the kingdom of God; who have been a comfort to me. [12] Epaphras saluteth you, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, who is always solicitous for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect, and full in all the will of God. [13] For I bear him testimony that he hath much labour for you, and for them that are at Laodicea, and them at Hierapolis. [14] Luke, the most dear physician, saluteth you: and Demas. [15] Salute the brethren who are at Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church that is in his house. [16] And when this epistle shall have been read with you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans: and that you read that which is of the Laodiceans. [17] And say to Archippus: Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.

[18] The salutation of Paul with my own hand. Be mindful of my bands. Grace be with you. Amen.

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