1 Corinthians 14:1 – January 20, 2019

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 1 Corinthians 14:1 NABRE      Paul’s famous passage read at more weddings than any other passage is describing what it means to love. There are several options to say love in Greek, Paul uses the word which is the most intimate, most benevolent, the most disinterested love. This love is a love for the…

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2 Corinthians 7:1 – November 8, 2018

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 NABRE      In the Second Letter to the Corinthians Paul is addressing some concerns in the community as he prepares a trip to visit them. In the section of the letter that includes the quoted verse Paul is encouraging the people in the community of Corinth to avoid…

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All Evil Comes from Within.

The three readings from the Lectionary for this Sunday the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary time; Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8, James 1:17-18 and Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 have a common thread that can be recognized reading them together. In the first reading Moses, the author expresses the laws of God are fair. This was heard at a time when fair was not as in vogue as it is today. The rich had everything, and there was no way for someone poor to…

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