Monday, November 9, 2015

Give other Catholics permission to be different from you. You're not the only Christ-follower in the world.

“The Church is the Body of Christ, and as such it is both heavenly and earthly. The Church is the communion of saints, and it includes as members both angels and shepherds - cherubim and seraphim, and you, and me.” – Dr. Scott Hahn: (Born October 28, 1957: is a Catholic theologian and professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville)

Scripture Text: (1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17)

Brothers and sisters:
You are God’s building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple,
God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.

People are looking for signs today. Some are lost and searching for God, and some are questioning or perhaps even hostile to faith. The only real sign we can give them is Jesus—just as Jesus himself did back then. And this is something we all can do. Remember: you are a temple of the Lord; he is alive in you through the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). So you just might be the very sign that someone is looking for!

Don’t underestimate how much God can use you to bring people to him. If you are trying your best to stay close to the Lord every day, people are going to notice it—even more than the cross around your neck or the Bible on your desk. They will notice that you’re peaceful when you should be stressed, collected in the midst of chaos, and forgiving when you have every right to be angry. They’ll notice that there is not just something different about you, but someone.

So be at peace; Jesus is at work in you.

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