First Letter to the Corinthians 6,1-11.
When any of you has a grievance against another, do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints?
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
Do you not know that we are to judge angels to say nothing of ordinary matters?
If you have ordinary cases, then, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church?
I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to decide between one believer and another,
but a believer goes to court against a believer and before unbelievers at that?
In fact, to have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?
But you yourselves wrong and defraud and believers at that.
Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.
And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
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Letter to the Galatians 6,1-10.
My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.
For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.
All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour's work, will become a cause for pride.
For all must carry their own loads.
Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.
If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
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First Letter to the Corinthians 4,1-13.
Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries.
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they should be found trustworthy.
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself.
I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.
I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, ‘Nothing beyond what is written’, so that none of you will be puffed up in favour of one against another.
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?
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First Letter to the Corinthians 4,14-21.
I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me.
For this reason I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
But some of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant.
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power.
What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
Paul talks to us as a father, and we can call him dad.
"be imitators of me": we can trust him, his words, as we trust the Word of God. We won't be wrong by imitating our father Paul. He is not exaggerating and doesn't boast. As a father does, Paul asks us what we prefer to be treated: with a stick or with a spirit of gentleness. Of course we prefer the second one and we want to be his good children
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22,1-14.
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:
‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.
He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.
Again he sent other slaves, saying, "Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet."
But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,
while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his slaves, "The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet."
Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,
and he said to him, "Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?" And he was speechless.
Then the king said to the attendants, "Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
For many are called, but few are chosen.’
I'm fond of this text, because it talks about the "wedding banquet": it's not really a "parable", it's very very similar to what it will be. We are all called to a wedding banquet, where Christ is the Groom and we all together are the Bride. The party is for us. They are celebrating our feast. In this parable, the king sends the slaves, as Jesus will send his apostles, disciples and then his priests to all the people. Then the king sends his troops, as Jesus will send his angels to us. He invited now and every day at his dinner, the Eucharist. And one day He will renew his invitation for us to the "heavenly dinner", the eternal nuptials.
And above all, we have to pay attention not to be the one that goes today to the Eucharist with a dirty cloth, with a dirty soul, because tomorrow we won't be able to cheat the Lord. Unfortunately someone can go and eat the holy Eucharist without having cleaned his soul through the Confession before, but that they the door will be close for him.
The last words are of hope. The Lord doesn't leave us with a word of sorrow. Finally He tells that we are "chosen". We are all invited, called to the heavenly banquet. We just need to accept the invitation and pray for everyone else with the same intention.
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First Letter to the Corinthians 3,10-23.
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw
the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.
If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward.
If the work is burned, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’,
and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.’
So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours,
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future all belong to you,
and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
Paul tells us today how much God cares about us and He's jealous of us: "If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person". God, the One in three Persons wants to dwell in our heart, in our soul and our body. We have a really special guest at home. We should care that everything is clean and in order and that there are no people who at the same time are trying to destroy that house, while Jesus is there.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 4,21-25.
The Lord Jesus says: ‘Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light.
Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’
And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.
For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.’
Mark is telling us that we can't cheat the Lord, even though we are used to cheat people around and we feel sly about it. He's the One who created us like this, able to think and to choose between the good and the evil. Because of that there is nothing hidden or secret to Him and to the ones who will join Him in the eternal nuptials.
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- Monday of the Seventh Week of the Cross (mar 24-10-2016)
- My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression (mar 23-10-2016)
- Saturday of the Sixth Week of the Cross (Mar 22-10-2016)
- Friday of the Sixth Week of the Cross (mar 21-10-2016)
- Thursday of the Sixth Week of the Cross (Mar. 20-10-2016)
- Wednesday of the Sixth Week of the Cross (Mar 19-10-2016)
- Feast of St Luke, Evangelist (Mar. 18-10-2016)
- Paul, called to be an apostle (Mar. 17-10-2016)
- "Work out your own salvation" (16-10-2016, Mar.)
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