20 September 2017 Wednesday Twenty Fourth Week Ordinary Time Year 1 Homily
First Timothy 3:14-16
Paul wishes to reassure Timothy, even if he is delayed in visiting him, that the centrality of Christian conduct in the church of Ephesus is necessary.
This “living in Christ” is the only way to demonstrate the importance of Christ in the life of a person who follows Christ.
It appears that Paul borrows an early Christian hymn when he speaks of Christ reflecting the flesh- spirit contrast, the being seen- proclaimed, the contrast of the world- glory of the resurrection.
Jesús encounters various responses to his asceticism compared to that of John the Baptizer.
John was an ascetic who was responded to by being accused of being possessed.
Jesús’ less strict asceticism opens him to the accusation of being a “glutton and drunkard”.
Jesús knows both he and John follow the wisdom of God. John’s asceticism prepares for Jesús who is the One who is to come, the One who fulfills the law and the prophets.