Grace to you!
Since last week, we have been walking with Saint Paul as he teaches divine truths to the people of Corinth. Many of his audiences at the time, based on biblical history, were worldly-minded. He set out to communicate to them the excellence of Christian glory. Perhaps, the spiritual and moral state of our world today isn’t different from the Corinthians to whom Saint Paul wrote. Nothing is new under the sun. So, in such a world as ours, what splendor are believers bringing if they are indeed of Christ?
Is it the feisty, excessive ambitious ego which cares less about the common good or the good of the other person? Is it self-absorbing narcissism where what matters is me and my world only? Is it an eye-for-an-eye behavior that neither gives room for repentance and forgiveness nor reconciliation? Are they obscenity and sensationalism that ignore ethics and truth; mean-spirited and ungracious tweets, social media comments, blogs and posts marked by name-calling and vitriol? Is it championing fake news and becoming witting or unwitting promoters of rumormongering? Or are we to swim against the currents because we are truly alive and are aware of the harm any of the above examples does to humanity?
Are we to mirror the worldly because it is more glamorous or the heavenly, the Christ, though what it entails isn’t popular? The glory we bear, Christ the Lord, makes us look like the forgotten, the unimportant, the slighted and the completely ignored. Yet in those situations we become what the world desires. Though the worldly-minded look in the wrong direction, their inner being continually long for what that worldly can’t offer. Though those whose minds are centered on what grants instant and immediate gratification seem less concerned about the transcendent and generous service, they are still searching. Many people desire to witness the glory, though they may look for it in the wrong direction.
Ours is the time of salvation (2 Cor 6: 6:2). Christ has come and lives on in his Church. Christ lives on in us through his word and the Sacraments until the time when he will come again in final glory. This news, reality, is an invitation to all to embrace the life that is heavenly, the force of which brings the fulfillment many long. It is the life of glory.
Don't these words of Scripture speak to you, at least sometimes, if not many times: "We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything" ( 2 Cor 6:8-10)?
The paradox of being a Christian is that we are like the light that shines, but never noticed. The light is taken for granted unless there were blackouts with their terrifying darkness. Our glory, the Christian glory—Christ, though contrary to the worldly, makes the world the heavenly. Saint Paul says, “One in Christ is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17). You’re blessed to be one indeed.
Praying that we see the freshness and glory of being in and like Christ, the true peace of troubled peoples and troubled hearts. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday Week 11 A: 2 Cor 6:1-10; Mt 5:38-43]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.