Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Vir Salvus | The Saved One

"Don't you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don't you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?" - 1 Cor 7:16 (NLT)

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus.

In this text Paul was urging the congregation in the church of Corinth, to keep their family life in order. The church consisted of the believers who were saved from their life of sin, all the while their spouses were still unbelievers. Apostle Paul was stressing the importance of the life of testimony to bring others to Christ, especially in front of the life of their own spouse.

It has been said that you are the only Bible some people will read. People who may never step foot inside the church or crack open their Bible will get a glimpse of Scripture through our life before their eyes. As a matter of fact, this is a hard thing to do. Living your life as if today is your last day on this earth. Having the urge to please our Savior in everything we say and do. 

Paul said in closing, who knows maybe one can win them to the Lord. May the Lord help us to live our life as an open Holy Scripture for others to read. Amen.

Reflection on 1 Corinthians 7:8-16 by Pst. Devy Nanlohy 

Fugite Fornicationem | Sexual Immorality

“Flee from sexual immorality…” - 1 Cor 6:18.

Each of us has our own favorite activities. It could be watching movies, or shopping, or exercising, or even eating – being a food lover. Apostle Paul said that even though we are allowed to do something, it doesn’t mean it is good for us; that we must not become a slave to anything, even though we are allowed to do it (Verse 12).  It is true that food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food – but someday God will destroy both (Verse 13). They are not eternal and will vanish. 

This passage then talks more and deeper concerning sexual immorality i.e. prostitution. We know that humans’ bodies are created with sexual parts for certain purposes as needed. But Apostle Paul said, that our bodies were made for the Lord, He cares about our bodies (Verse 13) and these bodies are actually parts of Christ (Verse 15). 

It is important to notice how Paul explains the oneness we will become with the person we commit a prostitution. It is not merely to fulfil a sexual need. A Christian is a temple of the Holy Spirit – God is in us. To whom we are united sexually will result in joining the Lord’s Spirit and Christ parts to that person (Verse 16-17, 19). Whereas joining someone’s body intimately to a prostitute definitely is a sin not only to God but to our own body (Verse 18). I think it applies also in any intimate unions, not only with a prostitute, which do not honor God inside us.
It’s different with a marriage which is made to glorify God in a godly union. It has a noble purpose. However, Apostle Paul says in different occasion, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” We need to look at any unions in a profound way. Especially for an intimate union, it involves light and darkness. Darkness will take us away from God. 

Just because we have sexual organs as parts of our own body, it doesn’t mean we have the right to use it in our own selfish way. Our bodies are not for sexual immorality (Verse 13). We must honor God with our bodies because these bodies do not belong to us anymore – as God bought us with a high price (Verse 20). Let’s not become a slave of our own will, moreover let’s run and stay away from sexual sin (Verse 18). May God help us all. Amen.

Reflection on 1 Cor 6:12-20 by Desire Litaay 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Vetus Fermentum | The Old Yeast

“Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, in as much as you are unleavened. For our Paschal lamb, Christ has been sacrificed.” - 1 Cor 5:7.

Yeast, which induces fermentation, is a natural symbol for a source of corruption that becomes all-pervasive. Yeast is often found in our daily lives and is mostly used to make a variety of dough, especially when making bread. The yeast that people use should also be a good one. If the yeast has been kept for too long, it would affect the dough instead of expanding. 

We know that in the Jewish calendar, Passover was followed immediately by the Festival of Unleavened Bread. In preparation for this feast, all traces of old bread was removed from the house, and during the festival, only unleavened bread was eaten. The sequence of these two feasts provides Paul with an image of Christian existence; Christ’s death ( the true Passover celebration) is followed by the life of the Christian community - marked by newness, purity, and integrity ( a perpetual feast on unleavened bread).

Saint Paul wants to remain us that in order to  become a fresh batch of dough, we have to clear out the old yeast within us. To become a true person of God means willing to die from our anxieties, egos, anger, self-centeredness, and lust. We are willing to give up everything that we have, sacrifice, and give away what we love or even those very dear to us for the sake of others and the kingdom of God. Every time, Jesus Christ the true Passover invites us to celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth ( Verse 8). Sometimes it is not easy to give up ideas, things that become our defense. But we believe that with Christ, we can overcome everything.

Reflection on 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 by Sr. Maria Venidora SND 
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