Lord, help me to be open to the Spirit
Some Christians in Corinth had accused Paul of being arrogant. They felt he was overstepping his authority since he was not one of the Twelve apostles chosen initially by Jesus.
Wednesday June 9 2021
10th Week in Ordinary Time
2 Cor. 3:4-11; Ps. 98:5,6,7,8,9;
Mt. 5:17-19 (Ps Wk II)
Some Christians in Corinth had accused Paul of being arrogant. They felt he was overstepping his authority since he was not one of the Twelve apostles chosen initially by Jesus. In their eyes, Paul was ‘unqualified’ to call himself an apostle.
Paul counters these accusations by putting forward his ‘credentials’. His qualifications, says Paul, does not come through human laws. Instead, it comes directly from God. God has given Paul his appointment, that is, to make known the Gospel of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
According to Paul, what comes from human authority or law may be good and serve its purpose. However, there comes a time when something, or rather someone, comes along and gives a new life, a freshness to that which already exists. Then, whatever is existing will pale in comparison with what is new.
It is no wonder then that with Jesus, a new interpretation was given to the Old Testament. Jesus came to express the true meaning of what was written in the law and the prophets; in doing so, he brought them to fulfilment. He brought to light the most profound and deepest aspect of the Jewish tradition.
Perhaps, we have to ask ourselves about how we view our faith? Are we open to the idea that something new and wonderful can emerge from what already exists? Do we recognise the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the Church? What would be your answer?
Lord, help me to be open to the Spirit.
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