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Friday, April 30, 1999

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Pope St. Pius V

Acts 13:26-33
Psalm 2
John 14:1-6

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"In My Father's house there are many dwelling places; otherwise, how could I have told you that I was going to prepare a place for you?" —John 14:2

Jesus promised He was going to prepare a place for us. Some people think this place is in heaven. But heaven needs no preparation. It does not need remodeling or cleaning. Rather, the Lord is preparing a place for us on earth, in His Church, in the body of Christ.

We all want to find out why He made us. We want to contribute to God's plan of salvation as only we can. We want meaning and fulfillment in our lives. And our hearts are troubled until we are what the Lord has called us to be and doing what He's called us to do (Jn 14:1).

Jesus has prepared for us this special and precious place in His body when He ascended on high and gave gifts to us (Eph 4:8). These gifts of the Spirit have brought forth apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers (Eph 4:11). These members of Christ's body equip the saints to build up the body of Christ, and many find their places in God's plan of salvation.

You are someone. You are special. You are a member of the body of Christ. Your life is very important. By the power of the Holy Spirit, take your place.

Prayer:  Jesus, thank You for making me somebody, preparing me some place, and being my Someone. I love You.

Promise:  "Yet God raised Him from the dead, and for many days thereafter Jesus appeared to those who had come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are His witnesses now before the people." —Acts 13:30-31

Praise:  Pope St. Pius V left as his legacy a Church reformed and victorious over the Turks.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, October 9, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 17, 1998