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Thursday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time
Commentary of the day
Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
Homilies on the 1st Letter to the Corinthians, no. 27

“Go first to be reconciled with your brother”

The Church does not exist for us to remain divided when we come to it but rather so that our divisions might be nullified. That is what the assembly means. Thus if we have come for the Eucharist, let us not do anything in contradiction to the Eucharist, let us not hurt our brother. You have come to give thanks for the kindnesses you have received; don’t separate yourself from your neighbor.

Christ offered his body to everyone without distinction when he said: “Take and eat, all of you.” Why do you not admit everyone to your own table? ... You are remembering Christ and you disdain someone who is poor? ... You are taking part in this divine meal; you should be the most compassionate of all people. You have drunk the Lord’s blood and you do not acknowledge your brother? But even if you have ignored him until now, at this table you must acknowledge him. We must all be in the Church as in one common house: we form only one body. We have only one baptism, one single table, one single source, as well as one single Father (cf. Eph 4:5; 1 Cor 10:17).

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