September 25, 2011

Monday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Monday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Lectionary

Morning - Ps. 39, 2 Sam. 16:23-17:14, 2 Cor. 6:1-10
Evening - Ps. 33, Mt. 5:1-6

Commentary
2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Referring to the fact that he ministers to the Corinthians in Christ's stead, and as an ambassador for Christ, Paul says he is a worker together with Christ (6:1). It is as an ambassador and co-labourer of Christ that he pleads with the Corinthians to be reconciled to God (5:20) and to "receive not the grace of God in vain" (6:1). He quotes Isaiah 49:8 which tells of the Gentiles receiving the Redeemer, telling the Corinthians that they live in the age of the fulfillment of that prophecy; "now is the day of salvation" (6:2). This reinforced the appeal to be reconciled to God.

Starting at verse 3 Paul writes of his service by which the Gospel was taken to the Gentiles, including those in the Corinthian Church. His service proves he is a minster of God, for in it he endured many trials and pains which included beatings and prisons. Watchings means lack of sleep and rest; fastings are not voluntary fasts, they are hunger due to lack of food. We see a picture here of a man who, forced to go without sleep, spent the night in prayer, and having nothing to eat, counted it as a fast unto God. Verse 10 is a fitting close of today's reading. Paul bore many sorrows, yet he rejoiced in his work. He suffered the loss of all things, yet made us rich in the things of Christ. He himself owned nothing, yet in Christ he possessed all things.

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