I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:4)

It is typical of St. Paul, one might even say mandatory or necessary for him to start a letter to his brothers and sisters in a church far away with a prayer for them.  It is also typical of St. Paul that this is a prayer of thanksgiving.  So directly after the greeting, St. Paul is praying.  The important point I wish to make in this post is how St. Paul is praying: “always”. When we study Sacred Scripture and study about how to learn from Sacred Scripture we come to know that God’s Word is eternal.  And this “eternal meaning” is evident in St. Paul’s prayer.  He is still praying for us today! St. Paul is today giving thanks to God for the grace that God is giving us today.  We can also join with St. Paul and give thanks to God for the grace that we are receiving from God.  We just need to remember that this prayer of thanksgiving is something that we always need to be praying.