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<< Thursday, June 22, 2000 >> St. Paulinus of Nola
Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More

 
Sirach 48:1-14
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Psalm 97 Matthew 6:7-15
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IDENTIFICATION PAPER

 
"How awesome are you, Elijah! Whose glory is equal to yours?" —Sirach 48:4
 

Elijah was "awesome." His specialty was bringing down fire from heaven (Sir 48:3). He began the process by which the wicked kingdom of Ahab and Jezebel was destroyed (see Sir 48:6). The mighty Elijah appropriately left this earth by being "enveloped in the whirlwind" (Sir 48:12).

We may think that Elijah is "out of our league." Probably most of us are not often described as "awesome." However, the Lord describes Elijah as "only a man" like the rest of us (Jas 5:17). In fact, we who are in Christ Jesus are not only like Elijah but greater (Mt 11:11). Moreover, we who believe in Jesus are not only greater than Elijah, but we can do greater works than even Jesus did (Jn 14:12). We who live for Jesus are awesome, chosen, holy, royal, priestly, beloved children of God (see 1 Pt 2:9; 1 Jn 3:1), who even share in God's divine nature (2 Pt 1:4).

In this year of the Great Jubilee, know yourself; be yourself; be new creations in Jesus (Gal 6:15).

 
Prayer: Father, "what is man that You should be mindful of him?" (Ps 8:5)
Promise: "Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who wrong us." —Mt 6:11-12
Praise: St. Thomas More considered joining a religious order and becoming a priest. He brought this to God and clearly discerned that God was calling him to reform the secular culture. Thomas brought godly counsel into his position in government.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 16, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 18, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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