Thursday of the Twenty-First Week of the Year (year II)

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by revmtheogene on August 30, 2012

Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 / Psalm 145:2-7 / Matthew 24:42-51

Paul acknowledges the gifts of others as well as his own bestowed by God.  There is no jealousy of each others’ gifts, and this frees him to do God’s work.  Sometimes we become intimidated by others’ gifts, comparing them with our own, and this turns to jealousy. When we are jealous, we are no longer doing what God is calling us to do through our own gifts. We tend to become comfortable with our gifts and stop using them and we are embarrassed to talk about God to certain people.

St. Paul reminds us to constantly be in the spirit of thanksgiving for our entire lives no matter what the present situation.  Praise and thanks is the key to joy.  Do our actions match our words?  Are we living a life of peace and justice, being fair to all?  Do we give others an invitation to meet God by who we are, not just by what we say?  It is so important to be aware that the Divine is in every person, not just the persons we feel comfortable with.  As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Go preach the gospel and if necessary use words”.

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  1. Cathy Boyce said, on August 31, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Really love the last two lines. They are certainly words to live by.

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