Paul, the Foremost Sinner and Greatest Example (Sun. Jan. 22)

The word of the day is “pattern.”  St. Paul presented himself as a positive example of life in Christ.   Yet he also admitted that he was a great sinner for whom the promise of eternal life depended on the grace of God.  In our reading of 1 Timothy 3:15-17, Paul writes, ”I  received mercy so that in me as the foremost {sinner] Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example…” (vs. 16 OAB). In 1 Corinthians, Paul directed that the  Corinthians consider him their father “through the Gospel” (1 Cor. 4:15).  As their father in faith, he instructed his flock to “imitate him” (vs.1 Cor. 16), following his example in all that he said and did. Paul…

Two Kinds of Patterns: God’s Mercy and the Godly Life (Sun. Jan. 15)

The word of the day is “pattern.”  In various letters, Paul presented himself as a positive example of life in Christ.  Yet he also admitted that he was a great sinner who had to depend on the grace of God for the promise of eternal life. In today’s reading of 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Paul writes, “However, for this reason, I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life (vs. 16 OSB). Already in 1 Corinthians, Paul directed that his congregation in Corinth consider him their father “through the Gospel” (1 Cor. 4:15).  As their father in faith, he instructed his flock…