READINGS for 2007-02-04
I YAM WHAT I YAM
But by the grace of God I am what I am. ? 1 Corinthians 15:10
Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8
P S A L M
Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Without the Tradition of the Church which has been handed down to us from the apostles and preserved through the centuries by their successors the bishops, we would be like rudderless ships on a raging ocean. We would not know left from right or right from wrong! The teaching authority of the Church is a gift to the Church, the People of God, that ensures we will always be guided by the truth in areas of doctrine and morals. Thank you God for this gift as I hate to think what a mess we would be in if you had not given it to us.
1 Now I am reminding you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you indeed received and in which you also stand. 2 Through it you are also being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; 4 that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; 5 that he appeared to Kephas, then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 After that he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one born abnormally, he appeared to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective. Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them; not I, however, but the grace of God [that is] with me. 11 Therefore, whether it be I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
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I find it interesting at times to compare the different accounts of the same event across the Gospels. Luke 5:1-11 is paralleled in both Mark 1:16-20 and Matthew 4:18-22. The first thing we notice is that in both Matthew and Mark, the account is much shorter, only just over a third the size of Luke. This seems to suggest that Luke has added some extra information and thus we are forced to ask, ?Why?? There is probably no definitive answer to this question and so perhaps it is better for us simply to reflect upon the change in emphasis that these additions bring.
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