3rd Sunday - Second Reading: First Corinthians 7:29-31

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3rd Sunday - Second Reading: First Corinthians 7:29-31 – The world in its present form is passing away.

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1 Corinthians 7:29-31:

1 Corinthians 7:29-31 For the world in its present form is passing away

1 Corinthians 7:29-31:

1 Corinthians 7:29-31 29 I mean, brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the form of this world is passing away. The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press. The English translations of the works of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) who also uses the RSV-CE or its Second Edition.

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29 the appointed time has grown very short. Consider for a moment how short life really is. We are born, live 70-80 years and then enter into eternity which is not limited to a mere 70-80 years but forever. James 4: 14 What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. As we get older the Lord comes nearer to take us home to the place He has prepared for us (Jn. 14:3). Paul is pointing out this truth, life is short but has eternal ramifications. Paul gives us three reasons people don’t serve the Lord and prepare for eternity. Earthly relationships. Mourning or depression caused by earthly emotions and Preoccupation with earthly possessions.

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Earthly relationships bind us to one another and we tend to loose focus on the Lord and eternity. Earthly emotions typically cause the “I” disease, focusing our life and emotions on ourselves, not God or the eternal life. Selfishness is the devotion or tendency to focus our life and resources on our own self interests and an unwillingness to inconvenience ourselves for others. Self-absorption leads to depression and judging others while acceptance and caring about others leads to happiness. Preoccupation with earthly possessions is another form of selfishness that often leads to unmanageable mortgages and credit card debt. Someone once said, “Some folks take up religion as a kind of insurance against hell—and then are not willing to pay the premiums.

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Paul isn’t saying don’t form relationships, don’t have emotions, and don’t have possessions because I want you to be miserable. No, what he is saying is I want you to be as free as you possibly can of earthly worries, so that you can focus on the Lord and eternal life. From the Gospel of Matthew 6: 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first his kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

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