Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

1 Corinthians 6, 12-20

'For me everything is permissible'; maybe, but not everything does good. True, for me everything is permissible, but I am determined not to be dominated by anything.

Foods are for the stomach, and the stomach is for foods; and God will destroy them both. But the body is not for sexual immorality;

it is for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. God raised up the Lord and he will raise us up too by his power.

Do you not realise that your bodies are members of Christ's body; do you think one can take parts of Christ's body and join them to the body of a prostitute? Out of the question!

Or do you not realise that anyone who attaches himself to a prostitute is one body with her, since the two, as it is said, become one flesh.

But anyone who attaches himself to the Lord is one spirit with him.

Keep away from sexual immorality. All other sins that people may commit are done outside the body; but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Do you not realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you and whom you received from God?

You are not your own property, then; you have been bought at a price. So use your body for the glory of God.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

“‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial,” Paul says. Christians are freed from the slavery of sin and from the domination of their instincts and passions. Our bodies, redeemed at a dear price by Jesus (the text says, “for you were bought with a price”), have become temples of the Holy Spirit, that is, parts of the very body of Christ. Consequently, we cannot make them tools of evil. If we do so by treating our bodies immoderately, we involve Jesus himself. Paul makes a powerful example out of the concept of union with a “prostitute.” Paul is not being puritanical; in truth, he shows what high regard he has for our body. Not only does he not despise it, as was common in some Greek philosophies, but he makes it a part of the very mystery of Jesus: “your bodies are members of Christ,” and consequently, they participate in Jesus’ paschal victory. Just as he saved His Son from death, the Father will save us, with our bodies. If we distance our body from this bond with Jesus, we profane it and betray its very nature. This is the deep reason for Paul’s aversion to all forms of “fornication.” He writes to the Corinthians, “Shun fornication!” Impurity is not just a “bodily” question, but it also touches the heart, that is, the entire person. This is why the apostle urges his readers, “Glorify God in your body!”