Sanctification

Forgiven and Empowered – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Forgiven and Empowered – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

In other words, when we come to faith and are baptized something really happens to us. We are not just forgiven and sent on our way to try to do better. Rather, we are truly freed from the grip of sin and empowered to live the life to which we are called. This, of course, is not to say that in the face of long habit within and allure or coercion without that it will be easy. It is not to say that we will not on many occasions fail. Rather, it is to say that failure is not final and success is sure if we but persevere and continually surrender ourselves to God’s grace.

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An Inexpressible Gift – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

An Inexpressible Gift – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“One of Paul’s favorite analogies to describe the relationship with God that we gain through baptism is adoption…What I love about this analogy is what it reveals to us about the type of interaction that God wants to have with us. He does not interact to us as a master to his servants, nor does he relate to us as an aloof king to his subjects. He reacts to us precisely in the way the best father in the world would interact with each of his children: with a unique love for each and every one of us in which he cares about absolutely every aspect of our lives. Nothing is too small or great to take to our daddy.”

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The Spirit of Fulfillment – First Reading of Pentecost Sunday

The Spirit of Fulfillment – First Reading of Pentecost Sunday

It was on this day that God fulfilled the promise to “pour out his Spirit on all flesh”. From that day, all who are baptized into Christ can count on the living presence of God to be in them and with them. This is wonderful and glorious news for, as Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches…apart from me, you can do nothing”. But with Him? As Paul says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me!” (Php.4:13).

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