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Sharing the Word for June 17, 2017

Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

June 17, 2017

Daily Reading from the USCCB: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21


For St. Paul, to know someone in the flesh is to view them in a purely human fashion. With faith however, we can see others in the spirit and move beyond purely human categories. Appearances can be deceiving; faith is more clear-sighted. With this insight St. Paul can call us a new creation in Christ, and say that we no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ and one another. And all of this he says, comes from God, thanks to the reconciliation won for us in Jesus. So we should be reconciled to one another.

The practical ramifications of St. Paul’s insights–in today’s reading and elsewhere–are huge, for they impact every aspect of our lives. This is the depth and the breadth of Christianity—all things are new for the baptized and they see all things in a new light.

Let us offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the inspiration he gave St. Paul, and to St. Paul for cooperating with God’s grace.