geoffrey 150x1 Corinthians 3:1-9 / Matthew 5:21-37

“I wish you would stop quarrelling!”  I can hear my mother’s exasperated tone as she tried to stop my two brothers, my sister and me from endlessly fighting and arguing with each other.

I sometimes think St. Paul must have felt the same thing about the young churches which he was trying to build up into Christian maturity.  You only have to read his letters to get a sense of his exasperation: “Stop arguing!” he says to the Philippians, “…do everything without murmuring and arguing.”  And to the Galatians, “You bite and devour each other – there are quarrels and dissension and factions.”

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