To spare you…

I found the follow commentary in a parish bulletin which I think is put out by the Western American Diocese, here.

“…to spare you I came no more to Corinth…”
2 Cor. 1:21-2:4, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

COMMENTARY ON 2 CORINTHIANS

The Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians the true reason why he does no longer come among them: he is sparing them from a confrontation. It is through graciousness that he does not return to them. The pastor never rejoices when his flock errs and moves away  from God. The purpose of Church discipline is never for the leader to exercise harsh authority or dominion, but rather to call for repentance, reconciliation with the Church, and a true renewal in the joy of the Spirit. Pastoral correction brings both agony to the overseer  and abundant love for the one being corrected. Church discipline is never punishment. It will never be too severe. Rather, it is a spiritual medicine meant to reunite the sinful person to God.

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3 thoughts on “To spare you…

  1. I must emphasize that positive reinforcement has a much greater impact on an individual than negative reinforcement.

    Also, I would like to state an adage which is very appropriate for this situation: You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

  2. Amín! Excellent commentary on this passage of scripture, and so true! I have known bishops who fulfill these very words, and then, there were others…

    Thanks for posting this, Fr Milovan, and for keeping this blog a welcoming and informative place.

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