Relationships: Model of Christ

495 relations after the model christi"For I died by law to the law, that I may live God. I am crucified with Christ. I live, but not me, but Christ lives in me. For what I now live in the flesh, I live in faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me "(Gal 2,19-20 LUT).

There were serious spiritual problems in Corinth. She was a gift-rich church, but her understanding of the gospel had been damaged. Obviously, there was "bad blood" between the Corinthians and Paul. Some questioned the message of the apostle and his authority. There were also boundaries between siblings belonging to different social classes. The manner in which they "celebrated" the sacrament was exclusive. The rich were treated preferentially, while others were marginalized from actual participation. Partiality was practiced that did not follow the example of Jesus and hurt the spirit of the gospel.

Although Jesus Christ is certainly at the center of the celebration of the Lord's Supper, we must not forget the importance God attaches to the unity of the Body of the Believers. When we are one in Jesus, we should be one with each other. When Paul spoke of the true recognition of the Body of the Lord (1, Kor 11,29), he also had this aspect in mind. The Bible is about relationships. Knowing the Lord is not just an intellectual exercise. Our daily journey with Christ should be sincere, intense and real. We can always rely on Jesus. We are important to him. Our laugh, our worries, he sees all this. When the love of God touches our lives and we taste its indescribable heavenly grace, our thinking and actions can change. We want to be the holy people our Redeemer has imagined. Yes, we are struggling with our personal sins. But in Christ we have been declared righteous. Through our oneness and our participation in Him, we are reconciled to God. In him we were sanctified and justified, and the barrier that alienated us from God was removed. When we sin for the flesh, God is always ready to forgive. Since we are reconciled with our Creator, we also want to reconcile with each other.

Some of us are likely to deal with disagreements that have accumulated between partners, children, relatives, friends or neighbors. Sometimes this is a difficult step. Stubborn pride can block our way. It requires humility. Jesus likes to see his people strive for harmony whenever possible. When Jesus returns, an event addressed at the sacrament, we will be one with him. Nothing will separate us from his love, and we will be safe in his caring care for all eternity. We want to reach the wounded in this world and do our part to make the kingdom of God visible in all walks of life today. God for us, with us and through us.

by Santiago Lange

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