Imagine that you are part of a football team. It’s getting near the end of the game, and the quarterback is in huddle with the team for one of the final plays. Someone else complains about the play that the quarterback calls and begins to argue. He wants to do another play! Wouldn’t the coach and the quarterback get very upset with that person?
This is what Paul is talking about. He says that all our ideas and our reasons are to be subject to the “quarterback” which is God. But the “game” we are playing is not a worldly one; in fact, rather than a game, it’s more like a war going on in areas of life beyond the physical.
There are two images from warfare that St. Paul has in mind in these three verses. The first one is a stronghold. This is a foxhole or fort that the enemy uses as protection against being caught. Sometimes we can be stubborn and our way of thinking not in line with God’s thoughts. These are like strongholds within us that must be broken open. The second image that St. Paul uses is that of a hostage. Thoughts that are not like God’s thought need to be captured and held hostage so that these thoughts don’t turn into actions.
Do you have any ways of thinking that are like strongholds or like enemies that need to be held hostage?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Thoughts captive, to obey Christ v. 5
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 2 Corinthians.
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