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<< Sunday, August 27, 2000 >> 21st Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-17, 18
Ephesians 5:21-32

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Psalm 34
John 6:60-69

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SERVICE ENTRANCE

 
"Far be it from us to forsake the Lord for the service of other gods." —Joshua 24:16
 

For over three thousand years, countless people have made the commitment: "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" (Jos 24:15). By making this commitment, we do more than serve the Lord. We become slaves of the Lord (see Rm 6:16; Col 3:24). It is no longer we who live but Christ Who lives in us (Gal 2:20).

In committing themselves to be slaves of the Lord:

  • Wives commit themselves to be "submissive to their husbands as if to the Lord" (Eph 5:22).
  • Husbands commit themselves to give themselves up for their wives (Eph 5:25).
  • Children commit themselves to honor and obey their parents (Eph 6:1-2).
  • Parents commit themselves to make their children disciples of Jesus by giving them "the training and instruction befitting the Lord" (Eph 6:4).
  • Employees commit themselves to obey their employers and supervisors "with the reverence, the awe, and the sincerity" they owe to Christ (Eph 6:5).
  • Employers commit themselves to treat their employees with justice, dignity, and love — even when this approach does not maximize profits (see Eph 6:9).

There is much more to "serving the Lord." Nevertheless, based on what you know so far, will you and your household commit to serving the Lord?

 
Prayer: Father, I decide to serve You with gladness (Ps 100:2).
Promise: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe; we are convinced that You are God's Holy One." —Jn 6:68-69
Praise: Praise You, Jesus, risen Lord, Hope of the world, Love of our lives, and Joy of our hearts!
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, March 8, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 9, 2000
 
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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