The Greatest Spiritual Gifts

In today’s Mass readings, St. Paul urges us to “Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.”When I first read it, it seemed like Paul is pushing us toward figuring out which spiritual gifts are higher than the others and to pursue them. Then I looked at it in the RSV2CE translation, which states: “earnestly desire the higher gifts”–a more generic prodding toward all higher (spiritual) gifts. Paul does prefer certain gifts–as in 1 Cor. 14 when he explains how when gathered in Church, he prefers prophecy over speaking in tongues because it is more edifying for the building up of the Church. If, however, there is an interpreter for the one speaking in tongues, tongues can also be used for the building up of the Church. So it seems like Paul is urging all of us to strive for whatever spiritual gifts God wants to give us. He mentions a number of those gifts in 1 Cor. 14:
  • Prophecy
  • Speaking in Tongues
  • Interpreting Tongues
  • Teaching
  • Utterance of Wisdom
  • Utterance of Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Miracles
  • Discernment of Spirits
  • Etc.
Yes, those things all still happen today. One of the Catholic organizations dedicated to helping people learn about using the spiritual gifts today is Encounter Ministries.
Dear Lord, I wish to receive whatever gifts you have for me. Please use me as Your instrument and guide me to use those gifts to bring as many souls to you as possible. Amen.
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