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1 Corinthians 11:18 For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it.
The lectionary encourages us to read from 1 Corinthians, chapter 11, verse 2, and then skip to 17-22. We might well wonder, “From what difficult text is the lectionary trying to protect us?”
These particular verses have frequently been used to disparage, silence, and intentionally diminish female voices in Christian community and in the larger culture. Reacting to that injustice, some voices have taken these texts as reasons to silence the voice of scripture itself.
As Christians who take scripture seriously, we must grapple with the texts that are left out—especially those used to silence and marginalize the vulnerable. Sometimes taking scripture seriously means not agreeing to everything Paul says but rather taking up his invitation to “discern for yourselves” (1 Corinthians 11:13). Minding the gap is an invitation to discern the way of justice in our own day.
MOVING FORWARD: Do you struggle with passages of scripture? Do you skip the hard parts? How can you mind this gap?
Today the Church remembers Vida Dutton Scudder, Educator and Witness for Peace, 1954.