First Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Highest Honor Imaginable – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Week in Ordinary Time

The Highest Honor Imaginable – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Week in Ordinary Time

This argument of Paul’s is fascinating to me. Confronted with the immorality of the Corinthians, Paul did not simply condemn the practice and warn them of God’s displeasure. That’s what I would have done. Rather, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he gave them an understanding of themselves that should make immorality unthinkable. They were those who had sold themselves into the slavery of sin and death and had been rescued at great cost to the very one they had rebelled against . They owed him their lives. His willingness to claim their lives, though, was not to make them slaves but to give them the highest honor imaginable, to become living temples of the living God: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 2:27)

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A Tale of Two Men – First Reading in Preparation for the First Week in Ordinary Time

A Tale of Two Men – First Reading in Preparation for the First Week in Ordinary Time

The difference this makes is manifested in the lives and legacies of these two men: One lost everything and watched as his family ultimately crumbled, while the other went on to help usher in the greatest period in Israel’s history by anointing its first two kings. Because Samuel was faithful with the word given to him regarding Eli “the Lord…let none of his words fall to the ground.” The Lord prospered him in his work and used him mightily. So the question we must ask ourselves, then, is “Who will we be like?” Will we be like Eli, with greater allegiances increasingly obstructing our ability to perceive the work of the Lord in our lives? Or will we be like Samuel, ready, willing and available?

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