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<< Monday, September 6, 1999 >>
 
Colossians 1:24—2:3
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Psalm 62 Luke 6:6-11
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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 first 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,
  • "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: "Only in God is my soul at rest; from Him comes my salvation." —Ps 62:2
Praise: Miguel and Rita joined the Catholic Church after a detailed study of the writings of the early Church Fathers. They were hungry for the fullness of the truth the Catholic Church offered.
 
(This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 22, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 24, 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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