Natural and Spiritual

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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.

Unfortunately, more and more people are “natural” today. They’re all about science and believe that if something can’t be “proven” through natural means, then it cannot be. As spiritual people, we see something greater than ourselves, and even the world in which we exist. Everything in the universe is not just happenstance. This always reminds me of the old axiom: we’re not physical beings on a spiritual journey, we’re spiritual beings on a physical journey. And when this physical journey is over, we will live on forever. The question is where…

Father, help us to see beyond the physical. Strengthen our spiritual sight, that we may see through the eyes of eternity. Amen.

Today’s Readings


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