1 Corinthians 2:6 – 3:4
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him,”
God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.
The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men?
MEDITATION – Dr. Andrew Seeley
St. Paul invites all Christians to become spiritually mature, spiritually wise. What an amazing invitation it is—to have the mind of Christ, to peer into the depths of God Himself, to grasp the unfathomable gift that God has prepared for us, to confidently distinguish the wisdom of God from the seeming wisdom of the flesh! All of this comes to us through our prayerful relationship with the Holy Spirit.
As teachers in Catholic schools, we must accept his invitation. We need to recognize the reality of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we have been given at baptism, and pray for them to bear fruit in us. Our students come to know the mind of Christ and the heart of the Church through us. We need to help them begin to see the amazing spiritual gifts that they received. We need to discern when to treat them as babes in Christ, and when they are ready to take the first steps on the road to maturity.
Do I believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are within me? Have I sought to grow them through prayer and sacrament? Have I allowed earthly wisdom to lead me into jealous strife with others in my school? Have I scandalized my students by venting anger or frustration?
Eye has not seen, ear has not heard
what God has ready for those who love him;
Spirit of love, come, give us the mind of Jesus,
teach us the wisdom of God.
Please also offer one Mass and one Rosary some time this month for the intentions of the members of the Confraternity.