A radical re-visoning of the world – seeing it not from the perspective of human partiality but that of divine love and purpose – is strongly presented in the second reading on Sunday.
On this 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are reminded – the only thing of which to boast is the Cross (ie what Jesus is and has done). It is in that only that other things find their true value and that we find our true selves.
The only thing I can boast about is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. It does not matter if a person is circumcised or not; what matters is for him to become an altogether new creature. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, who form the Israel of God.
I want no more trouble from anybody after this; the marks on my body are those of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, my brothers. Amen.
Plenty more trouble would come Paul’s way. But it too did ‘not matter’, except that it was in facing and challenging all that came his way that Paul proved the authenticity of his discipleship and of the Gospel.
- How do you live your discipleship?
- How do you demonstrate the truth of the Gospel?
- Bring your thoughts and feelings to God in prayer today.
Byzantine cross in the now-ruined Roman baths of Beit She’an, presumed to have been used as a Christian baptistery in 4-7th Centuries. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.