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The power of the church is the power of God’s word. The church has nothing to do with military power. The power comes from Christ and finds expression in love. Yet, the church administers its affairs at Christ’s command.
Death has been destroyed! We celebrate the new life in Christ because it is eternal and perfect. The disgrace has been removed from us. We are free from the wages of sin. We rejoice in the resurrection – Christ’s and ours.
Earthly kings make much of their triumphal entries. Weeks of preparations preceded this auspicious occasion. Not so with Jesus. He, through being true God, puts on the form of a humble servant. He serves us in His death.
Jesus catechizes His disciples in the way of the cross, revealing that He will be condemned and put to death “and after three days he will rise” (Mark 10:33–34). But the Twelve do not understand.
There has never been a single person who earned heaven. Heaven, salvation, the forgiveness of sin and a sanctified life are all gifts from God. It is through Christ’s sacrifice for us that we are saved.
There were countless images of pagan gods. People carved them out of wood, stone, or cast them in metal. Now, the one true God forbids His people to make an image of Him. He is different.
Peter teaches us why it is wise to trust in God and not in ourselves. In one moment he shines, only to drop the ball in the next. Peter learned from his short-sighted view of Christ. He ended up being killed for his faith.
Jesus stayed with His parents in Nazareth until He was thirty years old. Then He went to the Jordan to be baptized by John, and then He started His ministry. He was endorsed by the Father – just like we are at Baptism.
On Ash Wednesday the church invites us to go on a journey of forty days with Jesus. It is a journey to the cross. He urges us to be sincere and truthful in our relationship with God. May we be enriched spiritually this Lent.
Jesus went on a mountain. He took along Peter, James, and John. There He showed them a glimpse of heaven. Peter was so impressed he wanted to stay there. Then God appeared in a cloud and spoke. Heaven is beyond our reason.
Jesus moved from town to town in Galilee. Wherever He went, people brought their sick to Him. He healed them all. So it is today. Wherever Jesus is, there is healing. His death and resurrection in our place heals us from sin.
People were in awe seeing and hearing Jesus teach in the synagogue. He taught with authority. Then He expelled a demon from a possessed man and His fame grew throughout the land. Epiphany was happening!
It isn’t easy to get people’s immediate and undivided attention. But if we are in a store and hear, “Your attention, please,” we stop and listen. There is a sense of immediacy in many of God’s messages in the Bible. Christ’s call to discipleship is urgent and asks for total commitment. Christ’s mission is urgent.
As you can see, the color of the altar paraments is green. Green symbolizes growth. The Epiphany season focuses on the growth of the church. We promote this growth by going into all nations and proclaiming the Gospel.
The Apostle Paul reveals to us what he was shown when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. He learned that Jesus came to save all the people of the world. You and I are to convey this Good News to all!