We read the second section in this reading at every communion service. The first verses contain the section on head covering in worship. While obscure, they deal with spouses showing respect publicly regarding each other’s role in marriage.
The second-to-last two paragraphs are what we often hear at spoken aloud during a communion service. They are words to encourage and to convict, to chasten and to exhort.
It’s interesting then to read this entire passage, and see what Paul was chastising the Corinthian church for (and us too).
“For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.”
Throughout this letter we have been pointed to the importance of being other-centered.
Here Paul hones in on a very special element of our worship, that of communion, where we specifically remember with signs what Jesus did for us on the cross.
It is not to be an excuse to eat or drink. It is not to be consumed in a selfish way.
But it is to be with the unity and betterment of the people of God in totality that we partake of communion, to drive us all before the Lord God in humility and true heart worship!
Let’s be reminded at the next communion service we attend to remember what Paul was driving at with these words.
* Father God,
Please hear our prayer today.
We often forget, so easily, the importance of right and true worship. Worship that glorifies You and that builds up Your church.
You have called us from all walks, all personalities, all backgrounds.
Please continue to uphold us today and onwards as we wrestle with Your will for us, with the truth that Your word has for us.