St. Paul All Things to All People

I Cor 9:14-27

14 So also the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel, should live by the gospel.

15 But I have used none of these things. Neither have I written these things, that they should be so done unto me: for it is good for me to die, rather than that any man should make my glory void.

16 For if I preach the gospel, it is no glory to me, for a necessity lieth upon me: for woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel.

17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation is committed to me:

18 What is my reward then? That preaching the gospel, I may deliver the gospel without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

19 For whereas I was free as to all, I made myself the servant of all, that I might gain the more.

20 And I became to the Jews, a Jew, that I might gain the Jews:

21 To them that are under the law, as if I were under the law, (whereas myself was not under the law,) that I might gain them that were under the law. To them that were without the law, as if I were without the law, (whereas I was not without the law of God, but was in the law of Christ,) that I might gain them that were without the law.

22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I became all things to all men, that I might save all.

23 And I do all things for the gospel’s sake: that I may be made partaker thereof.

24 Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain.

25 And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.

26 I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:

27 But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.

In verse 14 we read that Jesus said those who preach the gospel should live by it. Yet, in verse 18 St. Paul then goes on to say that he preached free of charge! Did St. Paul disobey Jesus? No, we went for the higher goal to make the gospel available for everyone. He became a slave that others may have freedom. Christ would be proud.

My simply, reflection is that is what Vatican II did. There were many disciplines and traditions that were great, like living from the gospel if you preach it. Yet, the Church knew it was time to do away with certain customs for the sake of proclaiming the gospel free of charge. Some customs had become a sort of tax on people entering the Church because they could not relate. Thus, the Church let down some venerable traditions to become a slave to the customs of others so they might be converted. Now letting down the old to take up new, can seem if the world’s evil may come in, but that was not the goal. The goal was to be Jew to the Jew, Greek to the Greek as so forth to everyone.

That is why Vatican II is so brilliant. It helps the Church preach free of charge in a way that everyone can understand and benefit from, not just a select or chosen few – a particular culture or mindset.

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