The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the Second Sunday of Ordinsry Time, begins a reading of the 1st Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians which will continue on Sundays until we begin Lent.
The sequence calls us to faithfulness, in our living communion together in the Church, and as individual disciples.
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. One may have the gift of preaching with wisdom given him by the Spirit; another may have the gift of preaching instruction given him by the same Spirit; and another the gift of faith given by the same Spirit; another again the gift of healing, through this one Spirit; one, the power of miracles; another, prophecy; another the gift of recognising spirits; another the gift of tongues and another the ability to interpret them. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who distributes different gifts to different people just as he chooses.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
More than most, Paul is familiar with the trials and challenges and joys and privilege of being a disciple.
To be a disciple is the greatest privilege, the way to the fulfilment of God’s gift of life and his calling of us to union with Him. It also draws us into conflict, burdens, struggles, even as we seek to serve, cooperate, enjoy the godly life.
Paul who knew the difficulties, and in many ways embodies them for us, calls us to unity.
- How/where are you called to serve?
- With whom?
- How does their service help you serve?
- How might yours better help them?
Worn Pilgrimage Way marker, Lourdes. (c) 2012, Allen Morris