- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Corinthians 16
Apostle Paul concluded his letter to Corinthian church with final remarks.
The collection for God’s people in Jerusalem —- Apostle Paul reminded them of collecting contribution in advance. During missionary journey, he collected to help people in Jerusalem church who were under famine.
Plans for travel — Apostle Paul wrote this letter while he was in Ephesus. Macedonia was the Roman province, a gate to Europe from Asia. He asked them to welcome Timothy and Apollos, two people who worked with Apostle Paul.
Concluding admonition — “Be on your guard standing firm in the faith,” is a military imagery to encourage them to grow up.
Final Greetings —- Apostle Paul emphasized that he himself wrote this letter, and sent his personal and communal greeting from churches in Asia to Corinthian church. “a curse,” in verse 22 is anathema in Greek, meaning cut off. “Come, O Lord,” is a translation of an Aramaic prayer for Christ’s imminent return, “Maranatha.”
Verses 23-24 is the standard closing remark in Pauline letter. “the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.