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<< Sunday, July 22, 2007 >> 16th Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Genesis 18:1-10
Colossians 1:24-28

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Psalm 15
Luke 10:38-42

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LIFE TO THE FULL

 
"We admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ." —Colossians 1:28
 

Jesus came that we "might have life and have it to the full" (Jn 10:10). Today's second reading reveals the fullness Jesus wants us to have:

  • full sufferings. We "fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ" in our own flesh (Col 1:24) for the good of others,
  • the fullness of God's word (Col 1:25),
  • full glory — beyond price (Col 1:27),
  • full revelation (Col 1:26) of what was once a mystery but is now revealed to the holy ones,
  • the "full measure of wisdom," with the grace for all of us to become complete in Christ (Col 1:28),
  • the full energy of Christ, "which is so powerful a force within" us (Col 1:29), and
  • "full assurance" through our "knowledge of the mystery of God — namely Christ — in Whom every treasure of wisdom and knowledge is hidden" (Col 2:2-3).

"It pleased God to make absolute fullness reside in" Jesus (Col 1:19), and it pleases Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:4).

 
Prayer: Father, make me a larger vessel so I can be more full of everything you want to give me.
Promise: "Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it." —Lk 10:42
Praise: Praise You, risen Jesus, "Light of the World" (Jn 8:12). I exalt You and praise You, King of endless glory! Alleluia!
 
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 22, 2007.
 
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