Speak Lord: That I may be, for your glory.

St Paul WolvesThe second reading this Sunday, the 6th in Ordinary time, comes this week as last, from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.

Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God. Never do anything offensive to anyone – to Jews or Greeks or to the Church of God; just as I try to be helpful to everyone at all times, not anxious for my own advantage but for the advantage of everybody else, so that they may be saved. Take me for your model, as I take Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

In our day it is rare that what Christians eat or drink bears the cultic weight that food and drink did at the time of Paul – with certain foods clean/unclean for Jews; certain foods brough to market after being the subject of sacrificial offering.

But there are many other things we do that may be offensive to others. The publication of certain cartoons comes to mind.

  • How do you moderate your behaviour for the sake of others? For love of others?
  • Where and when do others do the same for you?

Photograph of stained glass window depicting St Paul, in St Peter’s church, Wolverhampton. (C) 2015, Allen Morris.

 

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