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<< Saturday, September 7, 1996 >>
1 Corinthians 4:9-15
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Psalm 145 Luke 6:1-5
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"It was I who begot you in Christ Jesus through my preaching of the gospel." —1 Corinthians 4:15

Paul was the spiritual father of the Corinthian Christians. He begot them through the preaching of the gospel (1 Cor 4:15). He was also the spiritual father of Onesimus (Phlm 10) and Timothy (1 Tm 1:2; 2 Tm 1:2). Peter was the spiritual father of John Mark (1 Pt 5:13), and Mary was chosen by Jesus on Calvary to be the spiritual mother of the beloved disciple and of all disciples (Jn 19:26). We all are called to spiritually beget many children by sharing the gospel.

Are you willing to be fertile and multiply spiritually? (see Gn 1:28) To conceive, birth, and disciple your spiritual children, you must suffer. You must become like a person "doomed to die in the arena" (1 Cor 4:9). To give life spiritually, you must die to self. This means becoming a fool on Christ's account — weak, sneered at, "hungry and thirsty, poorly clad, roughly treated, wandering about homeless" (1 Cor 4:10-11). The labor you must endure to give spiritual birth often is working hard at manual labor, suffering persecution, and being slandered (1 Cor 4:12-13).

To give life we must love, and that means laying down our lives for one another (1 Jn 3:16). Therefore, we are tempted to be spiritually contraceptive and abortifacient. We are tempted to choose death rather than life (Dt 30:19-20). However, we must reject the "culture of death" and choose life to the full (Jn 10:10) by choosing to love, even to death.

Prayer: Father, may I beget all the spiritual and physical children You are calling me to have.
Promise: "The Son of Man is Lord even of the sabbath." —Lk 6:5
Praise: The Monahan's small Christian community has given up all soft drinks as a fast to defeat the evil of abortion.
(Pray about ordering our leaflets The Pro-Life Scriptural Rosary and Abortion and Your Taxes.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, January 29, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 5, 1996
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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