For the first reading today, we’re back in 1 Corinthians 2. St. Paul speaks much of the Spirit of God here. More in a moment. In the Gospel reading from Luke 4, we see the word “authority” twice. Jesus “spoke with authority” and “With authority and power he commands the unclean spirits.” Jesus was given all authority by the Father. Does He have authority over your life today?
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.” St. Paul talks today about the difference in thinking between “the natural man” and “the one who is spiritual.” There is a basic disconnect between the two. As people of the Spirit, we realize that there is a much broader picture than those who are of the world only can see. Our first reading today ends with “But we have the mind of Christ.”
What does it mean to have the mind of Christ? First, we cannot know what the mind of Christ is unless we become intimately familiar with Christ Himself. It’s like my wife; she knows what I’m thinking, often before even I do! That’s how we need to be with Christ. Spend time with Him. Read His word. Share your deepest self, and ask Him to share His. As you grow in your relationship, you will more and more possess the mind of Christ. The mind of the Church is the mind of Christ. She has spent 2000 years plumbing the depths of Christ’s teachings and being led by the Spirit. When we are in communion with the Church, we are in communion with the mind of Christ.
Father, help us more and more each day to have the mind of Christ. Deepen our relationship with Him, that we may know Him more intimately. Amen.
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