Grace to you!
Since last week, we have been walking with Saint Paul as he teaches divine truths about the excellence of Christian glory to the people of Corinth, many of whom based on biblical history, were worldly-minded. Perhaps, our world today isn’t different from the Corinthians to whom 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, a self-absorbing narcissism? Is it an eye-for-an-eye behavior that doesn’t give room for repentance, forgiveness and possibly reconciliation? Are they obscenity and sensationalism that ignore ethics and truth, mean-spirited and ungracious tweets and blogs? Or are we to swim against the current 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 (those whose minds are centered on what grants instant and immediate satisfaction, the ego, to the detriment of the transcendent and what promotes service) look in the wrong way, their inner being continually long for what that worldly can’t offer. They desire the glory, although they may look for it in the wrong direction.
Ours is the time of salvation (2 Cor 6: 6:2) because 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 and reality is an invitation to all to embrace the life that is heavenly, the force of which brings the fulfillment many long.
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 or 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. Hence Saint Paul says, “One in Christ is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17).
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]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.