Matters of First Importance

As Christians, we have a tendency to stray from matters of first importance.  This has happened from the very beginning.  The church at Corinth had done this by focusing too much attention on certain spiritual gifts, while denying that Jesus had been raised from the dead.  In today’s first reading, we find part of Paul’s response to this problem:

I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,
of the Gospel I preached to you,
which you indeed received and in which you also stand.
Through it you are also being saved,
if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,
unless you believed in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred brothers and sisters at once,
most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
After that he appeared to James,
then to all the Apostles.
Last of all, as to one born abnormally,
he appeared to me.

In our own time, we must fight the tendency to focus too much attention on matters of less importance.  That doesn’t mean that some doctrinal or moral issues are unimportant, but the Church does recognize that there is a hierarchy of truths.

Today let us try to keep first things first.  Let us keep in mind the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and try to live our lives in light of these events.  And let us pass this saving message on to others.

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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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