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Tuesday, September 7, 2004

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1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Psalm 149
Luke 6:12-19

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the glory christ has given to his church

"Do you accept as judges those who have no standing in the church?" —1 Corinthians 6:4

Jesus gave to Peter and the Church the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:19). This authority is so awesome that whatever the Church and Peter's successors "declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven" (Mt 16:19); whatever they "declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Mt 16:19). The Church is the body of Christ. No organization or group in heaven has a dignity and authority remotely close to that of the Church. The Church will judge the world and judge even angels (1 Cor 6:2, 3). It is better for us to suffer injustice and deprivation if that's what it takes to avoid unintentionally casting aspersions on the Church (1 Cor 6:7). Christ loved the Church and gave up His life for her (Eph 5:25). We as Christ's disciples must do the same.

We can love the Church by:

  • being the holiest we can be,
  • praying for leaders and members of the Church daily,
  • centering our lives on the Church's liturgical life,
  • evangelizing and inviting others to Jesus and to His Church,
  • never gossiping about members of the Church,
  • living the Church's sacramental life deeply,
  • supporting the plans of the bishop of our diocese,
  • working in our parishes as much as the Lord allows,
  • contributing most generously to the Church,
  • encouraging the acceptance of vocations to the priesthood, religious life, diaconate, and lay ministry,
  • making our homes domestic churches, and
  • starting or joining Christian communities.

Love the Church so loved and exalted by Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, may I unlearn things about the Church which have come from my non-Catholic culture.

Promise:  "Power went out from Him which cured all." —Lk 6:19

Praise:  Theresa continues to promote the true Church despite ridicule and persecution even from fellow Catholic parishioners.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Richard L. Klug, January 16, 2004

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 26, 2004