Esther 7-10; 1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 11:27-29 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.

This is self-explanatory, and an issue for serious self-reflection for Catholics.  The question you need to ask yourself – as Dirty Harry would say – is do you believe the Eucharist is the real body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ?  If you don’t, then don’t read on, because you are not a devoutly believing Catholic (I’ll grant you “cultural Catholic”) and anything I have to say is pointless.  I was in my lukewarm days someone who took Communion despite being in mortal sin because I was concerned about what people would think, e.g. “Obviously that guy’s a sinner!”, like people would take that home with them and discuss my sinfulness around the Sunday roast beef and mashed potatoes.  If you truly believe in the Real Presence, then it’s not necessary to deeply dwell on Paul’s words and take them to heart, because they are already in your heart.  There was a time when Catholics perhaps as a whole were too scrupulous in receiving Communion – Jesus did say if we don’t eat his Body and drink his Blood we cannot have life within us – but now it seems to have swung too much the other way.  In making that observation I come dangerously close to being a Pharisee; I am not the judge of anyone’s soul.  But looking at the sheer numbers on communicants, which I’d say exceed 90% of those present at the Mass, I just ask everyone to prayerfully consider if the state of their soul mandates a visit to the confessional before receiving.  If Paul is right – and the Church says he is – taking Communion is healing for one’s venial sins, but toxic if one is in grave sin.  And nobody wants toxic.  A quaint way to look at it is if you were inviting Jesus into your home, maybe a couch pillow on the floor or some disarrayed “Better Homes and Gardens” on the coffee table aren’t a big deal, but you don’t expect him to come into a home that would be featured on “Hoarders”.

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One Comment on “Esther 7-10; 1 Corinthians 11”

  1. Stan Sikorski Says:

    Nice reflection Tom.

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