Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 about their preparation to the Lord’s Supper. He had heard that the believers were not unified spiritually. Before communion, it was customary for them to eat together but cliques had formed so that the rich had a gathering with much food but the poor or needy were insufficiently provided for.
Paul goes on with his teaching concerning the Lord’s Supper and disciplines them in their preparation. He explains the purpose for the bread and wine; the bread representing the body and the wine as the blood of the Lord.
Paul explains that their wrong spiritual attitudes would bring on judgment resulting in sickness, weakness, and even death among them. Instead, each person should prepare for the communion meal in unity, share equally, and remember what Christ has done for them.
Lord, we come to You in prayer today as we prepare for our day. Following Your way gives us the best chance to get amazing things done today. More than we could ever imagine. You give limitless resources to make a difference, tell others that You love them, and meet urgent needs in the most efficient way. Amen