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<< Tuesday, September 7, 2004 >>
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
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Psalm 149 Luke 6:12-19
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"Do you accept as judges those who have no standing in the church?" —1 Corinthians 6:4

Jesus gave to Peter and the Church the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:19). This authority is so awesome that whatever the Church and Peter's successors "declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven" (Mt 16:19); whatever they "declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Mt 16:19). The Church is the body of Christ. No organization or group in heaven has a dignity and authority remotely close to that of the Church. The Church will judge the world and judge even angels (1 Cor 6:2, 3). It is better for us to suffer injustice and deprivation if that's what it takes to avoid unintentionally casting aspersions on the Church (1 Cor 6:7). Christ loved the Church and gave up His life for her (Eph 5:25). We as Christ's disciples must do the same.

We can love the Church by:

  • being the holiest we can be,
  • praying for leaders and members of the Church daily,
  • centering our lives on the Church's liturgical life,
  • evangelizing and inviting others to Jesus and to His Church,
  • never gossiping about members of the Church,
  • living the Church's sacramental life deeply,
  • supporting the plans of the bishop of our diocese,
  • working in our parishes as much as the Lord allows,
  • contributing most generously to the Church,
  • encouraging the acceptance of vocations to the priesthood, religious life, diaconate, and lay ministry,
  • making our homes domestic churches, and
  • starting or joining Christian communities.

Love the Church so loved and exalted by Jesus.

Prayer: Father, may I unlearn things about the Church which have come from my non-Catholic culture.
Promise: "Power went out from Him which cured all." —Lk 6:19
Praise: Theresa continues to promote the true Church despite ridicule and persecution even from fellow Catholic parishioners.
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, January 16, 2004
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 26, 2004
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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