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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 25, 2017

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MONDAY, September 25

1 Corinthians 4:18-21 But some of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power. What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

In today’s New Testament reading, Paul isn’t too happy with the Corinthians. He says they have grown smug and arrogant, a trap many fall into when we have important knowledge that was difficult to obtain. We have all experienced a pompous physician, holier-than-thou priest, or know-it-all teacher—or been smug in our own certainty.

The knowledge we attain (and the work we put forth) is commendable, but not if it replaces love with hubris. Sometimes our achievements can make us look down on those who don’t know what we know. Such arrogance becomes a blockage—keeping us from truly experiencing the full breadth and depth of God’s love. This attitude also threatens to be a huge obstacle in Christ-like living and spreading the gospel to the world. Like any good and attentive parent, Paul wants to correct his wayward offspring. How will they—and we—choose to accept the correction?

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time you were corrected? How did it make you feel? What did that correction change in your life?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Southeastern Mexico and Western Mexico

Today the Church remembers Sergius, Abbot of Holy Trinity, Moscow, 1392.

Ps 80 * 77, [79] | 2 Kings 5:1-19 | 1 Corinthians 4:8-21 | Matthew 5:21-26

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