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This blog provides a meditation on the Episcopal daily readings

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1 Corinthians 11:2,17-22

2 I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I handed them on to you.

17 Now in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it. 19Indeed, there have to be factions among you, for only so will it become clear who among you are genuine. 20When you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s supper. 21For when the time comes to eat, each of you goes ahead with your own supper, and one goes hungry and another becomes drunk. 22What! Do you not have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I commend you? In this matter I do not commend you!

I guess even the worst Holy Communions at which I’ve been present were not as bad as Corinth’s. Nowadays the travesty of the Communion happens in private life where some Christ’s people have far too much and others far too little. The “shared life of Christ” which Paul advocated put the equal sharing of Christ’s body and blood at the heart of community faith.

Matthew 9:1-8

91And after getting into a boat he crossed the water and came to his own town.

2 And just then some people were carrying a paralysed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’ 3Then some of the scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming.’ 4But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5For which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and walk”? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he then said to the paralytic—‘Stand up, take your bed and go to your home.’ 7And he stood up and went to his home. 8When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.

Wonderful story!

  1. Note the shared approach to Jesus, who receives the paralysed man-and- friends together and sees their faith.
  2. The “Son of Man” means Jesus-and- friends. They have authority to forgive and heal.

 

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