The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2014. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com
THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SON “You form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Capstone.” Ephesians 2:20
As this is written, the Catholic Church is maligned in many arenas. Our leaders are scorned in the media and hammered by the general public. Dissent from within the Church also plagues our leaders. Failures of Church leaders are trumpeted from every public forum, while their virtuous acts receive little notice. This is not much different from the time of Jesus. The apostles were “men of no standing” (Acts 4:13). They were “a spectacle to the universe,” “fools on Christ’s account,” “the world’s refuse, the scum of all” (1 Cor 4:9, 10, 13). Throughout history, Church leaders have had their failings. Many apologists note that the fact the Catholic Church still exists is proof that God leads the Church, for no institution with our failings and weaknesses could stand if God was not holding it up (cf Acts 5:38-39). Therefore, rejoice that you, a living stone for Jesus (1 Pt 2:5), are called to be “fitted” into the Church (Eph 2:21). Rejoice that you are resting upon the shoulders of the apostles and the bishops, the successors of the apostles. Because there are many great leaders in the Church, when a leader fails and leaves a hole in the structure upon which we are built, we will not crumble, for we are built into the Church “in” Jesus (Eph 2:22). Jesus has prepared a place for you in His Church (see Jn 14:2). “Go out now and take your place” (Acts 5:20).
Prayer: Father, I pray “first of all” for “those in authority” in the Church (1 Tm 2:1-2). May I submit faithfully to them “that they may fulfill their task with joy, not with sorrow” (Heb 13:17). Promise: “You are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God.” Eph 2:19
Praise: Sts. Simon and Jude submitted to their Lord and were given authority over nations and demons. (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2014, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net
What is God’s call on your life? When Jesus embarked on his mission he chose twelve men to be his friends and apostles. In the choice of the twelve, we see a characteristic feature of God’s work: Jesus chose very ordinary people. They were non-professionals, who had no wealth or position. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power. When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not shrug back because we think that we have little or nothing to offer. The Lord takes what ordinary people, like us, can offer and uses it for greatness in his kingdom. Is there anything holding you back from giving yourself unreservedly to God?
Wherever Jesus went the people came to him because they had heard all the things he did. They were hungry for God and desired healing from their afflictions. In faith they pressed upon Jesus to touch him. As they did so power came from Jesus and they were healed. Even demons trembled in the presence of Jesus and left at his rebuke. Jesus offers freedom from the power of sin and oppression to all who seek him with expectant faith. When you hear God’s word and consider all that Jesus did, how do you respond? With doubt or with expectant faith? With skepticism or with confident trust? Ask the Lord to increase your faith in his saving power and grace. “Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Inflame my heart with a burning love for you and with an expectant faith in your saving power. Take my life and all that I have as an offering of love for you, who are my All.”