Quick Bible trivia question: Can you name all of the books of the New Testament that were written by Paul? Yes, he basically wrote about half of the New Testament, and that fact came into play after I went to confession the other day.
When you seek the sacrament of reconciliation, it's really important to pay close attention to the penance that the priest gives you. Don't let this happen to you:
For my penance, the priest told me to say three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and three Glory Bes. No problem. That's easy to remember and a penance I can do immediate after leaving the confessional. But that wasn't all.
The priest said, "Also for your penance I want you to read the letter of Paul to..."
Immediately at that point I focused hard because I expected him to give me a specific chapter and verse(s) to read, so I wanted to make sure I remembered exactly what he said. The next thing I remembered him saying was, "Chapter 1." Great, I thought, that's easy to remember. I'll read it later today.
Here's the problem. I was concentrating so much on which chapter to read that I had no idea which letter of Paul he said. So to make sure I did my proper penance, I figured I'd have to read chapter 1 of every book that Paul wrote.
Gee, that narrows it down to just a few:
- 1 Corinthians
- 2 Corinthians
- 1 Thessalonians
- 2 Thessalonians
- 1 Timothy
- 2 Timothy
Did I forget any?
I actually didn't end up needing to read chapter 1 of all of them. After reading just a few, it became quite obvious which one the priest had in mind.
Thanks be to God.