Our Protestant brothers and sisters often talk of “bein’ in the ministry.” We use such lingo sometimes too. And so did St. Paul. In today’s reading from 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about the “ministry of death” and the “ministry of condemnation.” Then he comes around and mentions the “ministry of righteousness.”
It’s good to think like that. We’re always in the ministry of something. When we condemn, we are ministering to condemnation. When we envy or lust, we are ministering to envy or lust. And, on the other hand, when we are hopeful, we minister to hope. When we have faith in this or that situation or person, we’re ministering to faith.
So, some food for prayer today. Whose minister are we? What ministry are we in?
The readings have a broader idea I see, too. They talk about the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, two things that come together in Christ. Are we following or ministering only to the letter of the law??? Or are we ministering to the Spirit behind that letter??? Better the latter….and when we minister to the Spirit behind the law, then the letter more or less takes care of itself.