Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 185

Discerning the body

185.  Along these same lines, we do well to take seriously a biblical text usually interpreted outside of its context or in a generic sense, with the risk of overlooking its immediate and direct meaning, which is markedly social.  I am speaking of  1 Cor 11:17-34, where Saint Paul faces a shameful situation in the community.  The wealthier members tended to discriminate against the poorer ones, and this carried over even to the agape meal that accompanied the celebration of the Eucharist.  While the rich enjoyed their food, the poor looked on and went hungry: "One is hungry and another is drunk.  Do you not have houses to eat and drink in?  Or do you despise the Church of God and humiliate those who have nothing?" (vv. 21-22).


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