14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18 Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? 19 What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22 Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
Do All to the Glory of God
23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
11 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Co 10:14–11:1). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Church Family: Family Heroes
This is the first of three days about Holy Communion.
There is a sense in which I believe Holy Communion is much like celebrating heroes. We celebrate, honor, and remember our heroes by creating visual reminders of their deeds of courage and sacrifice. We create small rituals around remembering them and retell and in some cases reenact those same deeds. Certain days are set aside specifically as days of remembrance. We celebrate the sacrifices of our soldiers for instance on Veteran’s day, and often as part of other holiday celebrations. We create monuments, great and small, and sometimes we even reenact their battles either in movies, storytelling, or sometimes even in live drama. By participating in these events, we not only honor them, but also seek to be a part of those same deeds, encouraging one another to stand up for the same values of freedom and justice that our soldiers paid for with their lives.
Holy Communion celebrates Jesus specifically as our hero. In it we have visuals, story telling, and sometimes even dramatic elements to help us remember the courage and sacrifice He demonstrated on the cross. It is a special celebration because Jesus gave it to us Himself before His crucifixion. Through Holy Communion, Jesus invites us to join Him as people of love and grace.
Paul was upset when the Corinthians tried to turn Holy Communion into something it was never meant to be. Mixing worship of God and idols was sharing a very unique honor, like celebrating a wedding anniversary with someone who was not your spouse. The Corinthians often treated these sacred moments, such as Holy Communion, as a time to eat or get drunk… dishonoring Christ in the very act that should bring Him the most honor. Jesus is our Lord and we need to honor Him as such.
I believe heroes inspire us to imitate them. Paul tells us to imitate him as he imitates Christ. It is in this imitation that we spread the gospel and make disciples of all generations.
Reflection: Who are the heroes of your family? What special celebrations does your family have that honors Jesus? What aspects of Jesus do you imitate that you hope your family will learn to imitate from you?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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