August 29, 2014

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.

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One thought on “August 29, 2014

  1. It is refreshing to hear of the diversity in Corinth that Paul had to deal with. It tells me that we are not “so bad” in our diversity in the twenty-first century. The human nature of the body of Christ remains the same. What should make us different from that early community, is two thousand years of influence in living with the Holy Spirit in our midst. The Spirit’s gift of love makes us one in Christ if we let it.

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