By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
A Reading from the 1st Epistle to the Corinthians (6:13-15, 17-20).
The Christian community at Corinth was a troublesome lot, and seems to
have lacked any resident human guide. They relied on the Holy Spirit,
backed up by several letters from Paul. Here we have Paul’s most
forceful reason for sexual self-control: as Christ lives in us by his
Spirit, all our bodily members are Christ’s, and Christ is involved in
every movement of them. This should give us a wonderful reverence for
our bodies, knowing that we implicate Christ in all our body’s
The most powerful expression comes in verse 16 (omitted in the public
reading, perhaps as being too pointed) ‘anyone who attaches himself to
a prostitute is one body with her, since the two become one flesh’.
This drives the lesson home: Christ, too, becomes involved with the
prostitute. Christ is involved in a wonderful way in the sexual act of
procreation, giving a couple the inestimable privilege and joy of
sharing in God’s work of creation. But Christ is also abused by a
Christian’s abuse of sex.