For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26 NABRE
Paul is responding to the community at Corinth about division. The people are coming together for the Lord’s Supper celebration and they are having a meal which they have brought from home. However, some are poor and cannot eat and others are rich and bring very sumptuous meals. These images are causing judgement in each person and a division among them. Paul addresses this by telling them to eat at home and to only participate in the Lord’s Supper when they come together.
This practice of meeting for the Lord’s Supper is something Jesus asks of disciples. As Paul points out this sharing of bread and wine, elements of the Passover meal, should be used to remember Jesus and see it as a sign of a new covenant established by God. Paul says it is a reminder of Jesus death, but I like to think of it as a reminder of His life. Remembering living like Jesus, we desire to share openly and live in covenant with God and one another. Paul is expecting Christ’s return as an act of reincarnation or some other means of reappearance, but in reality Christ comes again when a majority of us realize Christ is in us, living, sharing and in communion.
Do you remember Christ when you break bread in community? Do you judge others by what they have?Paul is expecting Christ’s return as an act of reincarnation or some other means of reappearance, but in reality Christ comes again when a majority of us realize Christ is in us, living, sharing and in communion. Click To Tweet
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