Genesis 49:29-50:14; 1 Corinthians 11:2-34; Mark 8:1-10
Though Egypt had been good to him, proper tradition called Jacob to be gathered to his family. In our New Testament Reading, the Corinthians are admonished about their gathering as the family of God—assembling without eating the Lord’s Supper. When the Church gathers around the Lord’s table, they must do so correctly, examining themselves and then eating and drinking. Some teach that such examination is accomplished by fixing our sins before coming to the table. “Judge for yourselves”; can we fix our sins?
Instead of focusing on our own works, the tradition of the Apostles is that we confess our sin, receive the word of God’s forgiveness, give thanks, and then eat and drink of the grace so bountifully provided. When we gather, it should be to eat his Supper, not to ask, How can we eat bread in this desolate place of sin? When we come to the table, we must not focus on what is lacking. Instead, we see the bounty set before us and are gathered to God’s family in the promised land of grace.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess my sin to you and gratefully receive your merciful grace. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.