Holy Communion for cohabitants (1)
During the TV programme Xarabank (May 14), I was totally disgusted with what Fr George Dalli said about the Holy Eucharist and cohabiting couples.
It is a known fact that to receive the Holy Eucharist, which is the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, you must be without any mortal sin. And each and every sin is forgiven after you repent, ask God for forgiveness and decide not to sin again. Then, and only then, can you go to confession and ask God, through the priest, to forgive you. And God, faithful to His promise, will forgive and will not remember your sin any more. "Yahweh de-clares, since I shall forget their guilt and never more call their sin to mind" (Jeremiah 31-34).
Now, since each and every cohabiting couple is living under one roof as a married couple, they are no doubt living in sin! I do not want to be judgmental but these are facts. Jesus also said: "But I say to you, that whoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Mt. 5, 28). Not to mention that you are living with a person who is not your wife or husband!
"Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord" (1Cor. 11, 27). This is the teaching that St Paul preached to the Corinthians. Unfortunately, Fr Dalli preached otherwise on Xarabank.