Audio Readings September 5, 2012 Wednesday of the 22th Week in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 3:1-9;Psalm 33:12-15, 20-21; Luke 4:38-44

” I fed you milk, not solid food.” (1 Corinthians 3:2)

“Grow up!” It’s a common school­yard taunt for a reason: nobody wants to be accused of being imma­ture. Just as a twelve-year-old boy doesn’t want to be shorter than his friends, we Christians don’t want to be found lacking in spiritual matu­rity. But it’s just this problem that Paul pointed out to the Corinthians in today’s reading.

Paul saw the Corinthian believ­ers as “still of the flesh” because of the jealousy and rivalry among them. They were beginning to break into factions and divisions, following dif­ferent leaders in the Church. The last thing Paul wanted was to see the people arguing about who was fol­lowing the best pastor!

It seems that while the Corin­thians had experienced God’s love very powerfully, they weren’t trans­lating their experiences into actions. Being filled with God’s mercy should have moved them to be more mer­ciful and open to other people. It should have drawn them together, not split them apart. But it didn’t. They remained stuck in their old ways of thinking and acting.

How can we avoid the Corin­thians’ dilemma and move from milk to solid food? How can we overcome the divisions and judgments that keep us “still of the flesh”? By find­ing practical ways to live according to the love of God that we have expe­rienced. If there is someone in your life who always seems to annoy you, respond in love. Pray for the person every day, asking God to bless him or her. Persist in prayer, and you’ll find your own heart changing—even if the other person never changes at all!

Or, if you often find yourself in conversations that lead to arguments and division, make it a point to be an agent of unity. Look for ways to change the topic. Bring up some­thing positive or encouraging. Speak words of acceptance and patience, words that lift people up instead of drag them down. Just a little shift in the conversation can open the door for the Spirit to work and for love to prevail.

We really can “grow up” into Christ. If we learn to let God’s grace and mercy flow in us, it can have a powerful effect on the way we treat other people.

“Come, Holy Spirit, and bring about unity among all the people who call on your name.”~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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