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Tuesday, November 8, 2005

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Wisdom 2:23—3:9
Psalm 34
Luke 17:7-10

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"for all the saints"

"Grace and mercy are with His holy ones." —Wisdom 3:9

The Lord promises that the just who have died will "judge nations and rule over peoples" (Wis 3:8). Jesus said: "I give you My solemn word, in the new age when the Son of Man takes His seat upon a throne befitting His glory, you who have followed Me shall likewise take your places on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel" (Mt 19:28).

Jesus was enthroned at the right hand of the Father after His Ascension. From that point on, those who have died in the Lord are also seated on thrones and "empowered to pass judgment" (Rv 20:4). The Lord has appointed the saints in heaven to rule over this earth in a special way. The saints on earth have authority and power over all demons and diseases (Mt 10:1). We can even do greater by far than Jesus did (Jn 14:12).

However, we have even greater opportunities to exercise our authority in Jesus' name after we die. Because of His resurrection victory, we do not lose but gain power after our death. Therefore, we should earnestly seek the intercession and ministry of the saints in heaven even more than when they lived on earth. The Lord has planned it this way. We please Him when we claim His victory over death by increasing openness to the ministry of those who have died in Him. "Saints of God, pray for us."

Prayer:  Lord, may I believe in the full gospel and the full plan of salvation. May I accept all Your promises for my life.

Promise:  "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall be ever in my mouth." —Ps 34:2

Praise:  Even though, practically speaking, the time was inconvenient for her to lead fellow parishioners in prayer, Rhonda obeyed God and accepted in faith that His graces would prevail.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 21, 2005

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