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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 4, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, October 4

1 Corinthians 8:12-13 But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

Idol meat—it’s what’s for dinner! In the ancient world, the meat of animals sacrificed in pagan rituals was distributed to the poor at city festivals and served up to the elite who dined in pagan temples. Partaking of meat sacrificed to an idol was understood as partaking in the life and power of the idol.

When we read Paul’s response about this dinnertime question, we may be tempted to skip this chapter. Our consciences are not afflicted by this question of idol meat today, but Paul’s rationale may be more relevant to our contemporary struggles than we realize.

What would our communities be like if we were less concerned with being right and more concerned with the wholeness of those with whom we live? What would you and I be willing to give up so that our neighbors might live lives marked by wholeness?

MOVING FORWARD: Share a meal with someone new this week.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Southwell & Nottingham and Southwell & Nottingham-Sherwood (England)

Today the Church remembers Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1126.

Ps 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144 2 Kings 18:9-25 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Matthew 7:13-21



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