“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”
While this selection from Paul can easily be read as putting the body and spirit in competition with each other, we need to resist that interpretation. Throughout history, Christian theologians have shown us that we can indeed commune with God in an embodied way. Paul is instead, alluding to the way that many Christians can become “too heavenly minded for any earthly good.” We, like the Corinthian Christians, find it difficult to balance hope for the future and satisfaction with the present. Here, Paul is encouraging us to not forget the future but also to live in the present by acting in a way that is pleasing to God now. Gratitude can help us remain focused on the present because it forces us to look at the moment we are experiencing now rather than what could or couldn’t happen tomorrow. How has your practice of gratitude this Lenten season helped you to be more present in the moment? How can you continue to show gratitude in the moment?