Do your parents ever tell you what to do? Do they sometimes correct your behavior, if you’re doing something wrong? Sure they do! That’s part of their job as parents! Did you know Saint Paul had to do the same thing? In the epistle today, Saint Paul is writing to the new Christians in the city of Corinth. These people believed in Christ, but they were still learning how to act as Christians. And sometimes they made mistakes…a lot of mistakes!
Saint Paul was their teacher, and he writes to the Christians in Corinth. He tells them he is their father, and they are his children. They’re not his real children, of course, but his spiritual children. Part of his job was to correct them when they were acting the wrong way, and Saint Paul did just that! He tells them, “I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my children.” Just as your parents aren’t telling you things to make fun of you or make you feel bad, Saint Paul wanted to put them on the right path.
SAINT FULVIANUS– MATTHEW: PRINCE OF ETHIOPIA
Do you know somebody else who shares your name? Sometimes it might seem
funny talking to somebody who has the same name you do! On Tuesday, we celebrate the feastday of a saint who shared the name of somebody he hated, somebody he even tried to kill! After Jesus rose from the dead, the apostles
went all over preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. Saint Matthew went to Ethiopia and preached to the people there. Many people became Christians, but the local prince there refused to believe in Christ. This Prince Fulvianus even arrested St. Matthew, and he tried to burn him and kill him! Fulvianus watched as St. Matthew was in the flames but he wasn’t getting hurt.