The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Peace. (Numbers 6: 24-26)

Monday, October 7, 2013

From the Daily Office

1 Corinthians 10: 14-22

14 Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols.  15 I speak as to sensible men; judge for yourselves what I say.  16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?  The bread which 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 partners 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 partners 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?

Simple, straight forward statement from Paul.  God is a jealous God, and he has every right to be so.  He created us.  He has sustained us.  He saves us.  Yet we have this tendency to turn away and seek something from apostate teachers, false gods and worthless idols.

Where were you on Sunday?  Were you in church, participating in the Holy Sacrifice?  Where will you be on Wednesday?  Where will you be next Sunday?  From whose cup will you drink?  Which bread will you consume?

Fr. Michael+

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