September 15, 2014 (Our Lady of Sorrows)

In our First Reading at mass (1 Cor 11:17-26, 33), Paul is dealing with a problem of factions in the Corinthian community that is being made visible in problems with the celebration of the Eucharist. It’s impossible to know exactly how the Eucharist was celebrated but it seems that the Christians would meet in a home and have something like a Parish supper that concluded with the Eucharist itself. The problem was that the “in” people would get there before the “outsiders” in the community and eat the good food so that there was little or lesser quality food for those who were the outsiders. Often, the in group would indulge too much in the food and drink. The Eucharist had gone from a visible sign of unity to one that showed the division within the community.

We need to remember that the Eucharist is supposed to be a sign of our “communion” both with the Lord and one another. It is not meant to divide us. Lord, help us to mend any divisions in Your Body, the Church.

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