Audio Readings September 11, 2012 Tuesday of the 23th Week in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 6:1-11;Psalm 149:1-6, 9; Luke 6:12-19

“Do you not know?” (1 Corinthians 6:3)

After confronting the Corinthians on immoral practices, Paul took dead aim at the lawsuits that were spring­ing up between believers. Evidently, they were finding it hard to resolve their disputes as brothers and sisters in Christ and were resorting instead to the Roman legal system. So Paul asked three times “Do you not know … ?” to remind them of what life is supposed to be like when it is marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit!

What about you? Do you not know that the gospel is “the power of God for … salvation” (Romans 1:16)? Do you not know that you were “washed … sanctified … and justified in the name of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 6:11)? Do you not know that you really can “put away” your “old self” and “put on the new self,” created to be like God (Ephesians 4:22,24)? Of course you do! You just need to keep these central truths of the gospel in the forefront of your mind. Then you’ll find God’s presence and his power filling your heart.

Losing sight of the gospel not only waters down our experience of God’s presence, it also opens the door to other problems. Paul had to remind the Corinthians that they belonged to Christ not just so that they would have a more positive outlook but so that they would begin treating one another with respect. Paul knew that if they drew on the power of the Spirit they would find it so much easier to resolve their disputes peace­fully and lovingly.

This episode from the Corinthian church tells us how much we need the Holy Spirit. When we ask him to help keep us clear on the “Do-you­not-know” truths of Christianity, our lives change. We develop a heav­enly perspective that keeps us joyful despite our trouble. We naturally seek to be generous in our relation­ships. We are more able to let go of grudges and to forgive as Jesus has forgiven.

The gospel brings fullness of life, not just more of the same old life. So lift up your heart to the Lord and ask him to give you an even deeper reve­lation of all that is yours in Christ.

“Thank you, Father, for revealing the gospel of power, of transformation, and of freedom. Empower me, Lord, to live in the fullness of this gospel.” ~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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