2 Corinthians 11:1-11
I only wish you were able to tolerate a little foolishness from me. But of course: you are tolerant towards me. You see, the jealousy that I feel for you is God’s own jealousy: I arranged for you to marry Christ so that I might give you away as a chaste virgin to this one husband. But the serpent, with his cunning, seduced Eve, and I am afraid that in the same way your ideas may get corrupted and turned away from simple devotion to Christ. Because any newcomer has only to proclaim a new Jesus, different from the one that we preached, or you have only to receive a new spirit, different from the one you have already received, or a new gospel, different from the one you have already accepted - and you welcome it with open arms. As far as I can tell, these arch-apostles have nothing more than I have. I may not be a polished speechmaker, but as for knowledge, that is a different matter; surely we have made this plain, speaking on every subject in front of all of you.
Or was I wrong, lowering myself so as to lift you high, by preaching the gospel of God to you and taking no fee for it? I was robbing other churches, living on them so that I could serve you. When I was with you and ran out of money, I was no burden to anyone; the brothers who came from Macedonia provided me with everything I wanted. I was very careful, and I always shall be, not to be a burden to you in any way, and by Christ’s truth in me, this cause of boasting will never be taken away from me in the regions of Achaia. Would I do that if I did not love you? God knows I do.
Jesus said to his disciples: “In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test,
but save us from the evil one.
“Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgiven others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.”
What St. Paul writes about is quite sad, because he is like a father to the church at Corinth, doing what he can do bring up his spiritual children, so as to have them marry Christ. But some of them choose to abandon the gospel that he preached to them for a different gospel, a different Christ. We do that today too.
Those of us who are not well-formed in our faith, we get tempted by a different Christ that the Church preaches. We get tempted by a Christ that does not suffer, a gospel that is easy. One of those gospels that is being preached to us is the gospel that says, “Just acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and you will be saved.”
But that is not the same gospel preached by Paul, because that gospel, that Christ preached by Paul says, “Not everyone who calls me Lord, Lord, will be enter the kingdom of heaven.” Rather, it is the one who does the will of the Father in heaven that will enter the kingdom of heaven.
This is when Jesus teaches us to pray, the first thing he does is to direct our thoughts and prayers to the Father in heaven, asking that his will be done, for how many of us can truly say that when we pray, we desire that our will be done, rather than the Father’s will?
There is only one gospel of Jesus Christ, one truth. Form yourselves well in the truth, so that when you encounter a counterfeit, you will know the truth from the fake.
Heavenly Father, teach us your will and help us to carry out your will on earth.
Give Thanks to the Lord for: Helping us to discern truth from deception.
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