After the long passage yesterday, I thought a short passage would be much easier. But there such a small amount of “wordage” here that it is hard to find a starting point; and once started the end point comes so soon!
The writer of II Corinthians has in the previous set of verses given the Corinthians another warning about living wisely and according to the teachings that Paul has given them based on what he know from Divine instruction from Jesus Christ. I wanted to word that carefully because while Paul may be fully cognizant of what Christian living is to be, he is one step removed from being a disciple. But both his teaching and blessing are God and graced filled.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.” (II Corinthians 13:11- 12)
It would seem (and I am assuming this) that the RCL organizers choose this passage for the blessing that Paul uses. A Triune blessing, and a blessing that highlights a significant trait of each of the God-self’s aspect.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” (Verse 13)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is akin to mercy and shows that Jesus sought to save us from sin; Paul emphasis that point. The love of God, who sent Jesus. Paul also emphasizes God’s love for us, made manifest through Jesus. And the communion of the Holy Spirit who Paul believes (and I do not disagree) is a faithful Companion and Help to us. May the blessing of Paul be upon you also, beloved reader. Shalom & Selah!