(Week 23 of the year: Saturday)
THOUGH THERE ARE MANY OF US, WE FORM A SINGLE BODY BECAUSE WE ALL SHARE IN ONE LOAF.
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, fly from the service of idols.
I speak as to wise men: judge ye yourselves what I say.
The chalice of benediction, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread, which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord?
For we, being many, are one bread, one body, all that partake of one bread.
Behold Israel according to the flesh: are not they, that eat of the sacrifices, partakers of the altar?
What then? Do I say, that what is offered in sacrifice to idols, is any thing? Or, that the idol is any thing?
But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils.
You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of devils.
Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.