eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, (for they) shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.
The CoN excludes just reproof from mercy. And so we hear:
- How dare you withhold the Body and Blood of Jesus from the public and obstinate sinner who approaches the altar?!
- How dare you politicize the Eucharist!
If the above sounds unduly harsh, recall the following words of our Lord Jesus Christ:
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the Church; and if he refuses to listen even to the Church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.—St. Matthew 18:15-18.
eateth and drinketh unworthily, (those who) eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.Saint Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians Chapter 11 (DR)
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread.
And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.
In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.
Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.
But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
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