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<< Friday, September 22, 2006 >>
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
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Psalm 17 Luke 8:1-3
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"If our hopes in Christ are limited to this life only, we are the most pitiable of men." —1 Corinthians 15:19

We, as Christians, have more joy in this earthly life than those who do not believe. We love our life on this earth and rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4). Only Christians can stand to be conscious for very long. The unbelievers call altering or losing consciousness "fun". That's how miserable their conscious life is.

Although earthly life is a joy, our hopes are not "limited to this life only." We are strangers and aliens in the world and look forward to going home to heaven (Eph 2:19). We are not "secular," meaning "of this world." We are a "resurrection people," moving from this world through death and resurrection into the heavenly kingdom.

"As you well know, we have our citizenship in heaven; it is from there that we eagerly await the coming of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phil 3:20). "I repeat, we are full of confidence and would much rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Cor 5:8). "I long to be freed from this life and to be with Christ, for that is the far better thing" (Phil 1:23). When he wrote the above verse, St. Paul was "searching for a better, a heavenly home" (Heb 11:16). In the same way, let us go home where we belong.

Prayer: Father, may I be homesick to be with You in heaven.
Promise: "The Twelve accompanied Him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and maladies." —Lk 8:1-2
Praise: In the last months of her life, Jean, a faithful editor of One Bread, One Body, was forced by poor health to move into a nursing home. She fixed her eyes on Jesus (Heb 3:1), knowing her true home was with her Beloved in heaven. Now she has gone home to be with Him forever.
(For a related teaching, order our tape Am I Going to Heaven? on audio AV 54-3 or video V-54.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2006 through September 30, 2006.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 26, 2006.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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