THEME: WHAT HAVE YOU THAT YOU DIDN’T RECEIVE?
For the past few days, St. Paul has been addressing the root causes of division and disunity in not just the Church community in Corinth but all Christian communities to this day. Yesterday, it was the habit of judging and condemning others. Today, he addresses pride and ego with a fundamental question: WHAT HAVE YOU THAT YOU DIDN’T RECEIVE? This question calls for serious reflection, meditation and soberness.
Money, knowledge, children, houses, cars, clothes, beauty, societal status, name and fame are all but gifts given by God for a purpose- the glorification of his name and service to better human lives. This what the Pharisees failed to understand in the Gospel, the laws and traditions were given by God to better human lives and to aid them serve him better, not to be observed at the expense of human life.
This is also what many of us fail to understand when we pride over what we have and use wealth, fame, knowledge, beauty and societal status for vainglory, flaunting our egos and intimidating and oppressing others. All true gifts find their meaning and expression in Jesus. Hence, the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta must remain evergreen in our hearts: the reason for our existence is to love and be loved and through this love become instruments of peace in the world.
PRAYER: Help us, Lord, to be instruments of your peace in the world. Amen!
GOOD MORNING AND REMAIN BLESSED!