We need to be at pains and striving always to build up the Body of Christ united in mutual love, respect and esteem…rather than tearing it down and most often to indulge and satisfy one’s ego and self image and hence a false centre around which I am revolving - i.e. self and my ego…rather than the humility and the gentle and submissive servant nature of Christ.
Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. 8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. *
For all seek the things that are their own; not the things that are Jesus Christ’s. 22*
All too often I can justify my behaviour and tearing at others and hence The Body of Christ Himself as ‘doing God’s work’ in some way…and the sad part about it all is that I can actually believe that what I say and am doing are true and correct - hence I am spiritually blind to my own failure with a log in my own eye…and a splinter in the other’s eye.
The whole Chapter 2 from Paul to the Phillipians is worth the read recommending to us humility and unity - to strive for these…and to work out our own salvation in fear and trembling.
Respect and love of The Blessed Eucharist does not begin and end at the Church door or within the confines of Mass…it embraces our whole life and everything in it.
You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. 22 But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee; 24 Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift. 25 Be at agreement with thy adversary betimes, whilst thou art in the way with him: lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. *
Extract only, read full text (not a long one) on above link…by: Saint John Chrysostom
…"Yes, I know we are within the same fold, under the same pastor. I weep all the more bitterly about it… For if you are peaceful and untroubled at the moment yet,
[quote] when you leave the church, this one is criticizing that one; one publicly insults another; one is consumed by envy, jealousy or avarice; another ponders revenge; yet another sensuality, duplicity or fraud…
Show respect, then, show respect to this holy table where we all receive communion together; show respect for Christ immolated on our behalf; show respect for the sacrifice offered on this altar in our midst…"