Friday, June 10, 2011

1 Corinthians 12:3-13

Pentecost - Year A

1 Corinthians 12:3-13

To say “Jesus is Lord” without using that phrase “for the common good” is a misuse of the affirmation.

That same process needs to be in play when it comes to claiming a vocation. If you see “Jesus is Lord” standing behind the building of community, it also stands behind an individual’s participation in that community.

For a moment consider that every vocation has aspects to it regarding: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, and interpretation. Every vocation can help build the common good and some folks will even say every vocation reveals that “Jesus is Lord” when that common good is actually built.

This is built on the understanding:

  • Jesus is Lord comes from Holy Spirit.
  • Common good comes from Holy Spirit.
  • Activity/Vocation comes from Holy Spirit.
  • This connects Jesus with communal common good and individual vocation as long as one understands and values Holy Spirit.
  • Otherwise just go ahead and build the common good by attending to the virtues of your task.

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