Today’s First Reading (and most of the First Readings until the 3rd week in September) is from 1 Cor. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians is the second longest and one of the most famous and influential of his letters. He is writing back to the community church he had founded a few years earlier as they have multiple problems. The most difficult of the problems is the fragmentation going on within the church. There are many factions taking sides and disrupting the unity of the church.
Paul reminds them that the unity of the church centers around one and only one figure: Jesus Christ. It is a lesson we all need to keep in mind. Often, we see parishioners move from parish to parish as the pastor moves. The pastor is not the one who holds the parish together, but it is Jesus Himself.