Of First Importance

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Sometimes it is refreshing to hear someone tell you the unvarnished truth.  If you’ve ever had someone do this, you might be thinking that “refreshing” isn’t the term that readily comes to mind!  For most of us, a dose of honesty leaves us feeling that we’ve just washed our face with a scouring pad.  Despite that, who among us hasn’t benefited (perhaps in a life changing way) from being made to look at ourself in an unclouded way?

Today’s first reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is chock full of the unvarnished essentials of our faith.  It should be read often, since all of us have a tendency to focus on things that are extraneous, while forgetting the foundational truths that should animate everything we do.

I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,
of the Gospel I preached to you,
which you indeed received and in which you also stand.
Through it you are also being saved,
if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,
unless you believed in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred brothers and sisters at once,
most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
After that he appeared to James,
then to all the Apostles.
Last of all, as to one born abnormally,
he appeared to me.

Couldn’t have said it better myself ….

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