Archive for February, 2013

Friday of 2nd Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 8

Share1 Corinthians 8 “Knowledge puffs up but love edifies” (verse 1.)  This is Paul’s main message for today, and the example of the weaker brother is an illustration of this principle. “Knowledge puffs up but love edifies.”  The Greeks had a problem with putting too much confidence in human knowledge, and so one of Paul’s […]

February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 2nd Sunday after Lent – 1 Corinthians 7

Share1 Corinthians 7 The Lord who has counted the hairs on your head cares about the situation of your life.  Whether married or single, Greek or Jew, free or slave; whether a Star-Bellied Sneetch or one without: God cares about the situation of your life. One of the implications of the Incarnation of God in […]

February 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of 2nd Sunday after Lent – 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Share1 Corinthians 6:12-20             Who owns you?  The common answer given to this question, even by many Christians, if you could get inside their heads and see what they’re really thinking, is that “I do.”  A woman has a right to do with her body what she wants to do, we hear abortion advocates say.  […]

February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of 2nd Sunday after Lent – 1 Corinthians 6:1-11

Share1 Corinthians 6:1-11 Though Paul’s letters are not usually laid out as a whole in terms of a logical argument, I think it’s still possible to discern a pattern or picture in his teachings to the Corinthians.  Paul’s overall message through much of 1 Corinthians is that he wants the Church, including the Church at […]

February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 2nd Sunday after Lent – 1 Corinthians 5

Share1 Corinthians 5 If we’ve been reading through the New Testament daily, you’ve grown accustomed to St. Paul saying some difficult words.  His powerful but difficult message this morning is: “Cut off the unrepentant immoral person in the church to preserve the holiness of the body and protect the evil from spreading.” Put in these […]

February 24, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Saturday of the 1st Sunday in Lent – 2 Timothy 2:1-15

Share2 Timothy 2:1-15 A lot of people dress up for Halloween each year as a variety of monsters and other diverse personae.  Many of us have secret fantasies about who we would really like to be: fantasies about archetypal roles such as heroes, athletes, actors, artists, warriors, kings, scientists, doctors, or entrepreneurs. What St. Paul […]

February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 1st Sunday in Lent (Ember Friday) – Matthew 10:24-42

ShareMatthew 10:24-42 I feel like Jonah running away.  I saw that Matthew 10 was the lesson for this Ember Friday and included the difficult sayings of Jesus.  I thought about meditating instead on how if you just trust God and pray hard enough, He is guaranteed to financially bless you.  Then I gave serious consideration […]

February 20, 2013 | 2 Comments More

Thursday of 1st Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 4:6-21

Share1 Corinthians 4:6-21 1 Corinthians 4 is 1 Corinthians 13 in action.  Because 1 Corinthians 13 is Paul’s great hymn about love, 1 Corinthians 4 is therefore love in action.  Rather than seeing 1 Corinthians 13 as being some highfalutin theology, I see it as a record of the love that Paul has lived in […]

February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Ember Wednesday (Wednesday of 1st Sunday in Lent) – Matthew 9:1-13

ShareMatthew 9:1-13 What in the world is an Ember Day?  Without going into all the details, Ember Days are days throughout the Church Year in which fasting and prayer are particularly emphasized. Sometimes also giving to the poor is emphasized.  If you take these 3 together: fasting, praying, and giving alms, you have the three […]

February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of 1st Sunday in Lent – 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5

Share1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5 Remember all the way back to yesterday?  For some of us, this isn’t as ridiculous of a question as it seems! Yesterday, the Lord was teaching us that we are His holy Temple and His Church: the people that He inhabits through His Holy Spirit.  Because this is who we are, God […]

February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More