Weekly readings September/October 2016

Thursday 1 September
1 Corinthians 3.18-23
Psalm 24.1-6
Luke 5.1-11

What does it mean to be a disciple? In today’s first reading, Paul is trying to persuade his divided Christians that discipleship means above all building up the Body of Christ. The Corinthian church seems to have been divided between a ‘Paul’ faction and a faction who believed that the only apostle worth talking about was ‘Apollos’. Some of them also felt that Paul was not ‘clever’ (or perhaps ‘wise’) enough, and to them Paul says, ‘if someone thinks that they are “clever” in this world, let them become a “moron”, in order that they may become clever’. The point is that it all comes back to God, not to individual apostles: ‘Whether Paul or Apollos or Kephas, whether the world or life or death, whether things present or things to come, everything is yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.’

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