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12th Sunday Ordinary Time

Job 38:1, 8-11
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Psalm 107:23-26, 28-31
Mark 4:35-41

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a convinced christian

"The love of Christ impels us who have reached the conviction that since One died for all, all died." —2 Corinthians 5:14

When we have reached the conviction that since One died for all, all died, three things happen:

  1. We no longer live for ourselves but for Him Who died for us (2 Cor 5:15).
  2. We no longer look on anyone, including Jesus, "in terms of mere human judgment" (2 Cor 5:16).
  3. We are impelled by love rather than motivated by a mixture of fear, pride, and pressure (2 Cor 5:14).

Obviously, reaching this conviction of Jesus' death and our death with Him is one of the most important breakthroughs in a person's life. Every Christian should have this realization, but clearly many do not, or we would live no longer for ourselves.

Right now, ask the Holy Spirit to take you to the cross. Through the cross, the world will be crucified to you and you to the world (Gal 6:14). The Spirit will confirm, as only He can, that we who have given our lives to the Lord have been crucified with Him (Rm 6:6) and thereby have crucified our flesh with its passions and desires (Gal 5:24). We can "reach this conviction" only by the Spirit. When we do, we become a Christian not only in name but in attitude, motivation, and goals. We live no longer for self but for Jesus.

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, take me to Calvary and convince me.

Promise:  Jesus "awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea: 'Quiet! Be still!' The wind fell off and everything grew calm." —Mk 4:39

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Whose love impelled Him to give His life for us!

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Crucified to the World on audio AV 40A-3 or video V-40A.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2005

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