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THURSDAY OF THE TWENTY-SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, SEPTEMBER 02, 2021



A Reading from St. Paul to Col 1:9-14


Brothers and sisters:

From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you

and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will

through all spiritual wisdom and understanding

to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,

so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit

and growing in the knowledge of God,

strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,

for all endurance and patience,

with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share

in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.

He delivered us from the power of darkness

and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


REFLECTION:

From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.



I am pretty sure we all have told someone "I am praying for you", or "please pray for me". As Catholics, we participate in what is called the Communion of Saints.


According to Catholic Doctrine: The communion of saints is the spiritual solidarity which binds together the faithful on earth, the souls in purgatory, and the saints in heaven in the organic unity of the same mystical body under Christ its head, and in a constant interchange of supernatural offices. *


A few days ago I heard a homily from a priest that originally converted from a high protestant denomination into Catholicism. During his search for the Truth, he asked one of his friends on why was the Church important. Not why was faith important, but the Church. The answer astonished him.


His protestant friend told him that in the Catholic Church he will become more united with the whole of creation. He will unite himself with Heaven with the Church Triumphant (God and the Saints), with the Suffering Church (the souls in purgatory), and with the Church Militant in earth.


It was a good question. Why is the Church important? And we should ponder it further, and the answer from this priests' friend.


Let us not take lightly the phrases "I will pray for you", or "pray for me". Let us be united as a Church, with the saints, and intercede for one another. Let us intercede for each other so we can also be saints, and eventually be in Heaven with God and His angels. And specially, let us pray for priests, so they can be saints, and they can take at least 1000 souls with them.


God bless y'all!


* Source Catholic.com

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