Thursday, September 04, 2008

Everything is ours

I love today's first reading from 1 Corinthians. The community in Corinth tended to use a variety of measuring rods to establish the worth or status of its members. Disciple of Peter, rather than Paul? Bonus point! Prolific speaker in tongues? Check! Clever in logic and scholarly wisdom? Wealthy? From a noble family (or at least not born into servitude)? Good for you!
St. Paul tosses it all over his shoulder in disgust. These things count for absolutely nothing in the eyes of one who was "determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified." What did it matter if the Apostle you learned from was eloquent or rough in speech? Or if the gifts of the Spirit in you were showy (like tongues) or hidden (like works of service)? "Everything is yours!" Paul said. "Everything: Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life, death, the present and the future." Everything is yours, so what is left to measure each other by, or as a basis for comparison between one Christian and another?
"Everything is yours, and you are Christ's and Christ is God's."

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