And there we have it!!
Paragraph 934 says, “‘Among the Christian faithful by divine institution there exist in the Church sacred ministers, who are also called clerics in law, and other Christian faithful who are also called laity.’ In both groups there are those Christian faithful who, professing the evangelical counsels, are consecrated to God and so serve the Church’s saving mission.”
Clerics are the bishops, priests, and deacons
Laity are those who are not in holy orders and those who have not made public professions of vows
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!
There is something about being reminded of this
This is the structure of the Church
This is the gift we have right now
Paragraph 935 says, “To proclaim the faith and to plant his reign, Christ sends his apostles and their successors. He gives them a share in his own mission. From him they receive the power to act in his person.”
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US!!
Sometimes when we are reading about these things it can become dry or talking about structures and systems
We are interested in the WHY
We are interested in the HEART behind the whole thing
Paragraph 935 reminds us of the HEART
The mission is to teach, lead, serve, govern, guide, shepherd, and sanctify
The Lord Jesus wants this whole world to become holy
He wants this whole world to know the truth
He wants this whole world to be led to the Father
THAT is why He sent the Church out into the world
Tomorrow we will talk about the fact that the Church exists in time on Earth
There is also THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
There are all those people who have been brought into the family of God who have come before us
Those people who are living right now in God’s very presence
THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS are all the faithful from ALL TIME who exist and are alive
Remember Jesus said He is the God of the LIVING and NOT of the dead
All those who DIE in Christ are ALIVE in Christ
When we talk about the Church sometimes we mean the visible structure of the Church
Sometimes we mean the People of God and we mean those who are alive right now
Tomorrow we are going to talk about THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
Yes the Church is the People of God who are alive right now
The Church is ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE who are ALIVE IN CHRIST RIGHT NOW
Whether in Purgatory
Those in the Beatific Vision in Heaven
WE ARE SURROUNDED SUCH A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES!!
WE ARE SURROUNDED BY THIS COMMUNION OF SAINTS!!
We give God praise for that
Because Jesus Christ has sent His Church out into the world to proclaim the faith and to establish His reign more fully
HE is the one who did it all
And now WE get to do it through His power
IT IS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE GIFT!!
Paragraph 945 is almost a word-for-word paraphrase of Paragraph 931
Paragraph 945 says, “Already destined for him through Baptism, the person who surrenders himself to the God he loves above all else thereby consecrates himself more intimately to God’s service and to the good of the whole Church.”
If you have been Baptized, you are destined for God
God wills that EVERYONE be saved
That is the destination that He created us for
This means specifically those who are in consecrated life
It is ALL OF US through Baptism
When we surrender ourselves to the God we love above all else, we consecrate ourselves more intimately to God’s service and to the good of the whole Church
It’s worth it to pause and RECONSECRATE OURSELVES
If you have been Baptized you have been set apart to be holy and for a purpose
We have the opportunity right now to RECONSECRATE OURSELVES
“Ok Lord. I once again give you permission to set me apart. I give you permission to be my Lord. I surrender myself to you. You are the God that I love and I’m yours for your service and for the good of the whole Church. First of all, help me to follow you in poverty, chastity, and obedience. Help me to let you love me. Help me to love you back and to serve you and to serve the whole Church.”
Hope that makes sense!!
Today could be a pivot day for us
Today could be a day to pause and say we need to be RECONSECRATED
That doesn’t mean we have to go through an official rite of reconsecration
It means today is the day where we pause and say, “Ok Lord. I give you permission. I give you permission to love me. I give you permission to call me forward. I give you permission to give me your Grace. And I surrender myself to you, the God I love.”
Let’s pray for each other that we do this today
Pray for every person listening to this
That we all reconsecrate ourselves to the God we love
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!