I Corinthians 11:17-34
17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.
33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. The New International Version. (2011). (1 Co 11:17–34). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Almost everyone enjoys a potluck because of the tremendous amount and tastiness of the food. Every family tries to contribute a dish and many people like to show off their cooking. So no one goes hungry unless they don’t want to eat.
Corinthian suppers were very different. Each family would come to the Lord’s Supper with a basket full of food and refuse to share a single morsel. Some people would even get drunk while the poor would have nothing to eat or drink. We find it easy to condemn such selfish behavior and our potlucks are examples of generosity and compassion in comparison.
Paul, though, is pointing out that they are not truly understanding the Lord’s Supper. In the Lord’s Supper, we experience that we are all part of the body of Jesus Christ. We realize that every harm or evil that comes to any member of our church has harmed or caused evil to us.
In this time of social isolation, we are more aware of our need to connect than ever. This maybe the perfect time to recognize each other as members of the body of Christ.