May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091016.cfm

My beloved ones, avoid idolatry. I am speaking as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I am saying. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one Body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

Look at Israel according to the flesh; are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? So what am I saying? That meat sacrificed to idols is anything? Or that an idol is anything? No, I mean that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to become participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealous anger? Are we stronger than him?

The table of the Lord is sacred. It serves the body and blood of Christ and cannot be taken in sin. If we participate while in sin, we profane the Lord. We cannot serve two masters and Our Lord is the greater of the two. Who do you serve? Be careful how you decide. Choose wrong and your eternal life is at stake.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose to serve you and receive the body and blood of Christ always. Your table has the truth and I choose to live in the light of your truth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

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