Call to confession - 2/8/09

Paul warns here [1 Cor 11:17-22] against divisions, against self-approval compared to others, against shaming those who have nothing, or less than we do. As we prepare to confess our sin, we must consider how we lift ourselves above others: we have more money, more resources, more experience, more wisdom. We must consider how we leave others to their poverty, spiritual or material, when we could help. We must consider this before we commune with Christ and His Body, remembering His sacrifice for us, and regarding each member around us for whom He died with dignity and compassion.

It is a natural thing in leaner economic times to pull back first on our generosity. But we must continue to remember the poor. We must continue doing good to all, especially to those in the household of the faith.

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