Wednesday 2 September 2020

About Today Readings

1 Corinthians 3:1-9. Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own – Psalm 32(33):12-15, 20-21. Luke 4:38-44.

Our true identities can only be found in God

Our readings today speak of purpose, identity and the link between them. They speak to the joy that comes with knowing these rightly, and warn of the pitfalls. As the Corinthians fall into factionalism, something I am sure no modern Catholics know anything about, Paul reminds us that our figureheads and leaders are nothing, and that our true identity can only be found in God. Clinging to anyone else only stunts our spiritual development.

The Psalmist rejoices in this same knowledge of belonging to God. Jesus’s prayer, carved out of a hectic scene, allows him to discern between two goods to which his compassion calls him. He is a healer to be sure, but knows that the healing that he has to offer those before him and indeed all humanity goes far deeper than physical restoration. He must go on preaching in order to live out his mission as the Divine Physician.

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