Posted by: frburke23 | September 5, 2014

Thought for Saturday, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

1 CORinthians 4:6B-15

Brothers and sisters:
Learn from myself and Apollos not to go beyond what is written,
so that none of you will be inflated with pride
in favor of one person over against another.
Who confers distinction upon you?
What do you possess that you have not received?
But if you have received it,
why are you boasting as if you did not receive it?
You are already satisfied; you have already grown rich;
you have become kings without us!
Indeed, I wish that you had become kings,
so that we also might become kings with you.

For as I see it, God has exhibited us Apostles as the last of all,
like people sentenced to death,
since we have become a spectacle to the world,
to angels and men alike.
We are fools on Christ’s account, but you are wise in Christ;
we are weak, but you are strong;
you are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty,
we are poorly clad and roughly treated,
we wander about homeless and we toil, working with our own hands.
When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
when slandered, we respond gently.
We have become like the world’s rubbish, the scum of all,
to this very moment.

I am writing you this not to shame you,
but to admonish you as my beloved children.
Even if you should have countless guides to Christ,
yet you do not have many fathers,
for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.

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Paul is admonishing the new Christians in Corinth.  He had taught them and loved them as a brother and now he heard that they were fading away.  It sounds as if they had fallen into the sin of pride for the achievements.  Paul reminds them that every good thing they have comes from God.  Why should you boast about something that was given to you?

And then Paul recounts how difficult it has been for him and his companions on their journeys.  They have been beaten and imprisoned.  They are homeless, hungry and thirsty and totally rely on the goodness and generosity of others.  They are treated like rubbish and scum.  And yet in all humility they continue on because the love of Jesus burns in their hearts and they cannot contain it.

Imagine how the Corinthians felt when they read this letter from Paul.  I’m sure it humbled them to their toes.  What were they doing for Christ?  Were they suffering at all for the Kingdom of God?  To what extent were they willing to go to share the Good News of Jesus?

These are questions that we should ponder as well as we reflect on St. Paul’s words.  Am I like the Corinthians?  Or am I following the example of St. Paul?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

1 CORINTIOS 4:6B-15

Hermanos y hermanas: 
Aprendan de mí y de Apolo no vayan más allá de lo que está escrito, 
para que ninguno de ustedes se enorgullezca 
a favor de una persona en contra de otra. 
¿Quién confiere distinción sobre ustedes? 
¿Qué posees que no has recibido? 
Pero si lo has recibido, 
¿por qué te glorías como si no lo hubieras recibido? 
Ya están satisfechos; ya han enriquecido; 
¡se han convertido en reyes sin nosotros! 
De hecho, me gustaría que se hayan convertido en reyes, 
para que también nosotros lleguemos a ser reyes con ustedes.

 
Porque como yo lo veo, Dios nos ha exhibido Apóstoles como el último de todos, 
como condenados a muerte, 
ya que nos hemos convertido en un espectáculo para el mundo, 
para los ángeles y a los hombres por igual. 
Somos tenidos por necios por seguir a Cristo, y ustedes son sensatos en Cristo; 
nosotros somos débiles, pero ustedes son fuertes; 
a ustedes se les celebra en honor, pero a nosotros en desprecio. 
A esta misma hora padecemos hambre y sed, 
estamos pobremente vestidos y tratados ásperamente, 
vagamos sobre vagabundos y nos fatigamos trabajando con nuestras propias manos. 
Cuando somos ridiculizados, bendecimos; cuando somos perseguidos, soportamos; 
cuando somos calumniados, respondemos con suavidad. 
Nos hemos convertido en la basura del mundo, la escoria de todo, 
hasta este mismo momento.

 
Les estoy escribiendo esto no para avergonzarlos, 
sino para amonestarlos como mis hijos amados. 
Incluso si tienen un sinnúmero de guías en Cristo, 
sin embargo no tienen muchos padres, 
porque yo los engendré en Cristo Jesús por medio del Evangelio.

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Pablo está amonestando a los nuevos cristianos en Corinto. Él les había enseñado y amado como un hermano y ahora escucho que se estaban desvaneciendo. Suena como si hubieran caído en el pecado del orgullo por los logros. Pablo les recuerda que todo lo bueno que tienen viene de Dios. ¿Por qué debes presumir sobre algo que se te dio?

Y luego Pablo relata lo difícil que ha sido para él y sus compañeros en sus viajes. Ellos han sido golpeados y encarcelados. Ellos están sin hogar, hambrientos y sedientos y totalmente dependen de la bondad y generosidad de los demás. Ellos son tratados como basura y escoria. Y sin embargo, con toda humildad ellos continúan porque el amor de Jesús arde en sus corazones y no lo pueden contener.

Imagina como se sintieron los Corintios cuando leyeron esta carta de Pablo. Estoy seguro de que los humilló hasta los dedos de los pies. ¿Qué estaban haciendo por Cristo? ¿Estaban sufriendo en lo absoluto por el Reino de Dios? ¿Hasta qué punto estaban dispuestos a ir para compartirla Buena Nueva de Jesús?

Estas son preguntas que también debemos meditar mientras reflexionamos sobre las palabras de San Pablo. ¿Soy como los corintios? O estoy siguiendo el ejemplo de San Pablo?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke


Responses

  1. Is there a reason I have not been getting your blog this week, Fr Burke?

    Have been missing it.

    Barbara Godman barmaigo@yahoo.com

    • I was doing a parish mission in MS and didn’t have time to work on the reflections. I”m back now…

  2. I have not received Thought for the Day for the last two days. I look forward to receiving them to start my day, reading them first thing in the a.m.. and hope you are still sending them out… With appreciation, Gerry geralynmw@gmail.com

    • Sorry – things have been very busy lately.


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