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Second Reading for the Common of Virgins

1 Corinthians 7:25-35

Summary: Paul offers counsel on marriage and singleness, not as a command from the Lord but as advice. He suggests that given the present challenges, one should stay in their current state, whether married or single, to avoid added hardships. Emphasizing the fleeting nature of the world, Paul encourages undistracted devotion to the Lord, highlighting how marital status can influence one's focus and concerns.

Guidance on Marriage and Singleness

Brothers and sisters:

In regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.

So this is what I think best because of the present distress: that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.

Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation. Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife.

If you marry, however, you do not sin, nor does an unmarried woman sin if she marries; but such people will experience affliction in their earthly life, and I would like to spare you that.

I tell you, brothers, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully.

For the world in its present form is passing away.I should like you to be free of anxieties.

An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided.

An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.

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