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1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Paul begins the second chapter on the issue of wisdom. There are two types of “wisdom” he talks about. There is the conventional human wisdom, and then there is the wisdom of God. By the conventional human wisdom, Paul admits he did not share with the people. Everybody likes the idea of people sharing quick one-liners as a tidbit of wisdom. We open the fortune cookies at the Chinese restaurants and have our daily calendars that remind us of some wise saying. Most of these sayings may be helpful to an extent. We take it in, ponder it for a second, and feel better or somehow a little smarter. Then we go on with our lives. Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 1:26-31

These last verses of Chapter one of Corinthians are a relief for most people. At first, it makes me laugh when Paul says, “Not many of you are wise, as men account wisdom; not many are influential; and surely not many are well born”(v 26). That’s me alright. I was a healthy baby, so I suppose you could say I was born well, but not noticeably well born, though God’s providence confounds this type of rhetoric as Paul goes on to give comfort. Continue reading

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1 Corintians 1:18-25

Paul challenges us to think of and have a preference to God’s wisdom, as opposed to human wisdom. He begins this in verse 18 of Chapter one, “the message of the cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation it is the power of God.” It is something that is meant to shock its listeners, but for many who have always believed, we lose its meaning. That is why we do not understand many non-believers, and they do not understand us. The Gospel message really does sound like absurdity to them. The shock of this message is the starting point by which they can believe. Unfortunately, there are many Christians who do not really understand this message and just pass it over and avoid it altogether. This is one of the big reasons why less and less people are in the pews. They are thinking more with human pragmatism than with God’s wisdom. They think humanity can save itself and therefore reject God. How blind we have become! Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 1:4-15

Verse four of Chapter one gives praise to God for the community at Corinth. Paul is actually appreciative of the people there. He also gives praise to God for all the graces He has given to the people of Corinth. Gratitude is such an important part of the Christian life. Without stopping and reflecting on the gifts God has given us, life would be too much to bear. Paul is thankful of the very people that are causing such heartache for him. Continue reading

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Almsgiving: What the Bible Says

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
– Proverbs 19:17
In your bulletin this weekend is an almsgiving envelope. As in years past, our Lent Almsgiving offering will be given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul, to help them help those in need.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul operates
with the generosity of YOU.
Keep your almsgiving envelope somewhere you will notice it. Let it serve as a reminder that during Lent, we are asked to make a sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one, and placing the difference of the cost into our almsgiving offering.
Your gift to the Society of St Vincent de Paul will help the poor to celebrate the grace of God’s love this Easter.