Our first reading brings us one of St. Paul’s most thought-provoking questions. “What have you that you have not received? And if you have received, why do you glory as though you had not?
Since pride is our most frequent failing, along with the one doing us the most harm, it is good for us to use Paul’s linked questions for putting us in our place.
All the genes in our bodies are inherited. Our parents kept us alive, teaching us how to walk and talk, paying for our schooling. What have we added to that other than a few extra pounds and some bad habits? Step down please!!!
St. Gregory, whom we honor today, came along almost two centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire. He was the last of our popes who could write beautiful Latin and Greek.