Modern-day Corinthians?

10 Jun 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Modern-day Corinthians?

During the Sundays in Ordinary Time in this part of the Liturgical year, the second reading is taken from the second Epistle to the Corinthians.

St. Paul spent a significant amount of time evangelizing in Corinth during the early years of his missionary efforts. Yet, after he left, he felt obliged to write not just one, but several letters to the Corinthians. Why might that be? Scripture scholars tell us that the Corinthians had a tendency to think that once they were baptized and had the Eucharist, they no longer needed to worry about sin, despite the fact that their lives clearly reflected less than perfect charity.

What is the relevance for us? In our era of smug, predictable religious practice with long lines for Communion and nonexistent lines for Confession, perhaps, just perhaps, we might be making the same mistake as those Corinthians.

Should we make ourselves more familiar with the Epistles to the Corinthians, we might grow fonder of the axiom from St. Paul: “We work out our salvation in fear and trembling.”

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