For the Glory of God
Imitate me as I do Christ
- The passage from 1 Corinthians refers to a concern the early Christians had about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols.
- Paul makes the point that our behavior toward others is more important than what we eat or drink.
- Paul’s advice is to avoid offending one another at all costs.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
For the glory of God
by Michal Hunt (Agape Bible Study)
In the Second Reading, St. Paul reminds us that every Christian is morally responsible for his actions and the negative or positive influence his actions might have on others. All human efforts should give glory to God by living “in imitation of Christ.” In this way, others who view your life as sanctified to God may be encouraged to follow your example, which could lead them to a relationship with Christ and their eternal salvation.
Our actions matter
Every Christian is morally responsible for his actions and the negative or positive influence his actions might have on others. It is the right use of Christian freedom expressed first negatively (1 Cor 10:32), and then positively, as exemplified in Paul’s life (1 Cor 10:33), and finally as grounded in Christ (1 Cor 11:1). All actions should give glory to God by living “in imitation of Christ.” In this way, others who view your life as sanctified to God may be encouraged to follow your example, leading them to conversion and eternal salvation.
St. Basil the Great
Such small actions as wearing a cross or offering a prayer before meals in a public place give a witness to others of your faith in Christ Jesus. St. Basil the Great (c. 330/357-379), bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor, commented on this passage from 1 Corinthians by writing:
“When you sit down to eat bread, do so, thanking him for being so generous to you. If you drink wine, be mindful of him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness. When you dress, thank him for his kindness in providing you with clothes. When you look at the sky and the beauty of the stars, throw yourself at God’s feet and adore him, who in his wisdom has arranged things in this way. Similarly, when the sun goes down and when it rises, when you are asleep or awake, give thanks to God, who created and arranged all things for your benefit, to have you know, love and praise the Creator” (Hom. in Julittam, martyrem).
SOURCE: Michal E. Hunt at Agape Bible Study; used with permission.
Dr. Brant Pitre
In the first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul speaks of how Jewish Christians and pagan Christians are to act when at the dinner table. Due to the chasm between the two cultures, St. Paul needed to clarify how and if they were to consume certain foods offered to idols at the market.
SOURCE: The Mass Readings Explained