Submitted by Jan on Tue, 26/02/2013 – 11:22
Year C (2012-2013)
Bible Book: 1 Corinthians / 1 Korintiers
Text: 1 Cor 10:12 “Therefore, the person who thinks he is standing securely should watch out that he does not fall.”
When CABSA speaks about an HIV competent faith response, we often speak about “understanding and acknowledging vulnerabilities”. When we say this, we do not speak firstly about the biological, social, economic or scientific theories of vulnerability. This is certainly important, but the starting point is always “understanding and acknowledging my own vulnerability”.
Paul does exactly this in the letter to the Corinthians!
This section of the letter is a warning to the church in Corinth. Paul reminds them of the early history of Israel, how they shared experiences, and how many of them caused God to not be “pleased’ with them. And then he gives specific examples which the church of Corinth, and followers of Jesus today should avoid; We should not be idolators, we should not sin sexually, we should not put Christ to the test, we should not complain (murmer!).
And then our text: “Therefore, the person who thinks he is standing securely should watch out that he does not fall.”
The Message is even more explicit in its translation: “Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.”
If we look at the challenges around us, we should remember this. When I look at someone who I think could be guilty of some sin, I have to remember; I could fall flat on my face too!
To think about: What vulnerabilities exist in your community, also in your faith community? How can you help each other address this?
Author: van Rooyen L (Ms)