"For I received what I passed on to you." Thus reads the apostle Paul's familiar Last
Supper introduction. Paul reviewed bread and cup symbolism not simply to bring to the
Corinthians' minds that the bread represented Jesus' body and the cup his blood. Those
details were elementary (ABCs) of faith. All first-century Christians knew about that
Passover meal Jesus shared with the twelve. All the gospels related those facts, and
disciples probably retold them weekly, if not daily.
The fact that Paul began the section with the word "For" makes us take notice. Also key:
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.