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Wednesday, September 4, 1996

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1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Psalm 33
Luke 4:38-44

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"one bread, one body" (1 cor 10:17)

"For as long as there are jealousy and quarrels among you, are you not of the flesh?" —1 Corinthians 3:3

The Corinthians were not able to function well as Christians because they were "infants in Christ" (1 Cor 3:1). They were spiritually retarded because of spiritual malnutrition, for they could not take solid food (1 Cor 3:2). They were malnourished because they were divided (1 Cor 3:4), and vice versa. Division results in spiritual malnutrition, retardation, and deprivation. Thus, division is an extremely serious problem and sin.

Therefore, Jesus is praying that we be one as He and the Father are one (Jn 17:21). We must "make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force" (Eph 4:3). We must forgive each other or not be forgiven by God (Mt 6:12). We are called to be ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18), even to the point of laying down our lives for one another (see Jn 11:51-52). "If you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift at the altar, go first to be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift" (Mt 5:23- 24).

"Behold, how good it is, and how pleasant, where brethren dwell at one!" (Ps 133:1) Behold, how bad it is, and how deadly, where brethren do not dwell at one! Be one. Go to Communion. Be in communion. Be one through, with, and in Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, I repent of going to Communion without being in communion (see 1 Cor 11:29-30).

Promise:  "To other towns I must announce the good news of the reign of God, because that is why I was sent." —Lk 4:43

Praise:  Mary and Alice often go to Communion together before or after work.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, January 29, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 5, 1996