A few short days ago the opening of the daily readings caught my eye. It began like this:
We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of God
that has been given to the churches of Macedonia,
for in a severe test of affliction,
the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty
overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
That got me thinking of Macedonia, and of Corinth. Paul talks of the Macedonians and he addresses the Corinthians. A tale of the Macedonian Churches to the churches of Corinth. Later I started reading about the bible that letter was from. It was not about one bible, but different versions of the same. Not only different versions, but also different languages. And then there were the opinions of those that read the same article as me. Some said, “I read this version, but nit that!” “This is good, that is garbage.” This is right and that is wrong. I can see tempers flaring and fists flying. Different communities, different opinions, different attitudes, and different conclusions. Liberal, and traditional, conservative, orthodox, reformed, modernist, futuristic, and labels I have not thought of yet. Scattered and varied, but they have one thing in common with those churches of Macedonia and Corinth. They all belong to the same Church, one Church universal. Each had their own conclusions, and opinions, and tendencies; but they allied with one Church and were part of that same voice. The voice of the Church. The varied voices tried to utter one sound, and how did they decide the sound to sing? They prayed.
*oh, those that stormed out of the room? protestants.