For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I am hopeful that today’s readings are appropriate for today, as we conclude this political campaign season. It has been pessimistic, taxing, and anxiety producing for so many of us. The campaign consumed every piece of our society for the last several months. For better or worst, it has come to a conclusion.
St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminds us today what are true foundation is meant to be–not in one candidate or another, but in Jesus. Building our identity outside of our attempts to become Christ-like is going to lead at best to a shoddy building.
So, as we take the first step away from the campaign season, let us take a few moments to remember and reassess where our true foundation should be based.
—Griffin Knipp serves as Campus Minister and Coordinator of Student Life at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee WI.
How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord
Is laid for your faith in Christ Jesus, the Word!
For He will be with you, your troubles to bless,
And sanctify to you your deepest distress.
—John Rippon, A Selection of Hymns, 1787.