(Week 23 of the year: Thursday)
BY INSPIRING THE WEAK CONSCIENCES OF YOUR BROTHERS YOU SIN AGAINST CHRIST.
Now concerning those things that are sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up; but charity edifieth.
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he hath not yet known as he ought to know.
But if any man love God, the same is known by him.
But as for the meats that are sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.
For although there be that are called gods, either in heaven or on earth (for there be gods many, and lords many);
Yet to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
But there is not knowledge in every one. For some until this present, with conscience of the idol: eat as a thing sacrificed to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ hath died?
Now when you sin thus against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
Wherefore, if meat scandalize my brother, I will never eat flesh, lest I should scandalize my brother.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.