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Homily 340 – Passion for the Christ – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 22nd, 2017, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

ProtestIn today’s second reading, St. Paul is dealing with a particularly troubling problem in Corinth. The members of the Church have broken down into factions and are choosing sides. Sound familiar? After all the political factions and fighting we’ve seen over the last year, perhaps we might wonder if it has to be this way. Looking at the reading, we see that the Corinthians had actually broken down into fighting over who was the more important apostle. It sounds almost silly, but we see how easy it is for us to break into groups and try to find someone to fight against.

There is something that we need to be fighting for, and that is for the salvation of our souls. The devil loves to divert attention from the real battle and instead have us fight trivial battles of no lasting consequence. Might I suggest that maybe it’s time for a little break from politics? When you find yourself getting all worked up over something, ask yourself how consequential this really is for your eternal salvation. Does it really require your attention and effort. The truth is, we are called to be passionate. Just make sure that you’re passionate about something that is worthy.

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