A source of gratitude and grief – Spiritual gifts

Spiritual gifts in the letter of 1 Corinithians are both a source for Paul’s gratitude but also for his grief.  In this morning’s first reading, Paul says:

I give thanks to my God always on your account
for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
that in him you were enriched in every way,
with all discourse and all knowledge,
as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul is thankful, among other things, that God’s grace has been such to the Corinthians that they do not lack any spiritual gift.

However, for anyone who has read the entire epistle of 1 Corinthians, we know that Paul has to later correct the church because they are misusing these gifts.  Later in Corinthians is one of the places where we get the illustration of the church as a body in which every part of the body is important.  One way in which the Corinthians misuse spiritual gifts is to elevate the importance of some gifts over others.

So, I suppose the key word in the line cited above is any.  Paul is thankful that the Corinthians are not lacking in any spiritual gifts.  In other words, he is thankful that they have all of them, not just the ones that some of the Corinthians have elevated in importance.

Let us be thankful today for the giftedness of all people in the church.  And, let us avoid the error of the Corinthians in thinking that any one person’s gifts are more important than another’s.  Let us consider how we can spur one another on to use our gifts to the glory of God.

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About Jeremy

I work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, LA. I teach part-time classes from time to time, through Loyola University in New Orleans, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College. I also just finished a doctoral degree in Biblical languages through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
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