January 31, 2021
The new Christians of Corinth were asking St. Paul about virginity and marriage. He reveals the new way of living these, living our whole life for the Lord, for an eternal happiness.
- Do not get attached to this world, you have been chosen and called by God to a personal union with Him.
- God is worthy of being loved completely. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and strength.
- The Holy Family had a true marriage, undivided, by always putting God first.
- There are two ways to enter a marriage. First, as a human decision which could easily fall apart, and secondly, to enter marriage after discernment as a call from God.
- Marriage is a call to die to one’s self and to give themselves to God through the gift of service to another person.
- The Christian faith gives us a new meaning for the unmarried to live a life in union with our Lord with an undivided devotion and loving Him with their whole hearts.
Corinth was especially known as a place of immorality. So, this is a very difficult situation they are in. Christianity, this new faith that they have embraced, changes everything. They have a lot of questions about marriage, virginity and decisions they have to make. The second reading we have today is Paul’s response to these questions from the people of Corinth. St. Paul says, “The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. The unmarried woman or virgin is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband.”. What he is revealing is that you have been chosen by God and called to a union with God. That is not a union that happens by force, but a union of friendship, of love, in which you are invited.
St. Paul is showing a new way of living marriage for the Lord, and this deepens the joys and it gives hope in the difficulties of marriage. St. Paul is also talking then about the unmarried and Christianity. The Christian faith gives a new meaning to this as an opportunity to live it for the Lord. So, whatever our situation is, each one of us has been chosen by God, called by God to union with Him. We have the opportunity and the choice of living our life for the Lord, to please Him with undivided devotion to the Lord and to love him with our whole heart.