Saint Paul , The Apostle


A few years after his conversion,
some people were still casting doubt on the authenticity of Paul's faith.

So he decided to go and speak to Christ's closet friends,
those who were considered pillars of the Christian community.

The aim of his journey was not simply to gain confirmation and credibility,
but rather to try to begin a true process of jointly building and
collaborating with the generation of the Christian people.

Paul sensed that the unity resulting from participation in the sacraments
must also be expressed visibly through unity with Peter,
the one appointed by Christ to lead the entire Church.

I went up to Jerusalem again,
I privately laid before the leading men the Good News as I proclaim it among the pagans {...}

James, Cephas and John, these leaders, these pillars, shook hands

With Barnabas and me as a sign of partnership:

We were to go to the pagans and they to the circumcised(Galatians 2:1-2.9)

The fact that there is only on loaf means that, though there are many of us,
we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf(First letter to the Corinthians 10-17)

It is obvious that when we underline the need for unity we do not imply that the life of the Church
should be uniform or conform to one way of doing things.

Paul teaches us: "Never try to suppress the Spirit"(1Th 5:10).

In other words, he is telling us to generously make room
for the unexpected dynamism of charismatic manifestations of the Spirit,

Who is always a source of new energy and vitality.
However, there is a criterion that Paul holds very dear, that of mutual edification:
"It must always be for the common good"( 1 Cor 14:26).

Every gift must build up the Church's , in an ordered way not only without stagnation,
but also without splits or lesions(Benedict XVI).

"Though there are many of us, we form a single body"




"Christ Jesus captured me"(Phil 3:12).The image Paul uses is vivid and canal.

When God Chooses, he loves with an intense and concrete love,
with a jealous love, as the Old Testament often recalls.

In his relationship with the communities, he founded,
Paul experienced in his own person this ardour, this typically divine yearning.

He is a real and ardent jealousy, the passion of someone in love who wants his beloved only for himself.

But there is a paradox here: Paul loves like someone in love,
however, the true bridegroom is not Paul, but Christ.

Paul's only desires was that all his disciples be faithful to the proclamation of Christ,
he wanted them to love the Lord, and he wanted there to be room only for Him in their hearts.

Sometimes he had harsh words for the communities,
but his anger was only that of a father who loves his children.

All that happened in the life of the communities left a profound mark on Paul's inner self,
making him happy, or hurt, or upset.

Some terrible things that happened in Corinth wounded him deeply,
but even as he recalled a very harsh letter he had written to the Christian of that city,
Paul revealed the affection that moved him.

You see, the jealousy that I feel for you is God's own jealousy:
I arranged for you to mary Christ(Second letter to Corinthians 11:2)

We gave you a rule when we were with you:
not let anyone have any food if he refused to do any work.

Now we hear that there are some of you who are living in idleness,
doing no work themselves but interfering with everyone else's
(Second letter to the Thessalonians 3:10-11).

I am saying all this not just to make you ashamed but to bring you,
as my dearest children, to your senses.

You might have thousands of guardians in Christ,
but not more than one father.(First letter to the Corinthians 4:14-15)

When I wrote to you, in deep distress and anguish of mind, and in tears,
it was not to make you feel hurt but to let you know how much love I have for you
(Second letter to Corinthians 2:4)

"Christ Jesus Captured me"






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