The Church as Messenger

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You trust God, right? Of course you do. But can you trust God more? Can you trust God in every area of your life? I believe that we probably don’t have to look too far to find areas of our lives where we don’t so much trust God. Ask Him to increase your trust in those areas today. You’ll read about the benefits of doing so in the first reading and the Responsorial Psalm today.

In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 16, we read the story of Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus was a poor beggar who would have gladly eaten the scraps from the rich man’s table. The rich man paid no mind to anything but his wealth and worldly things. In the afterlife, the rich man is tormented and begs Abraham to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his brothers what they were in for. Abraham says, “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”

The people of Israel would not listen to the messengers that God had sent. The same holds true today. In the days before Christ, it was Moses and the prophets. These days it is the Church. You see, Christ gave the world the Church just as God gave Moses and the prophets. The Church is God’s messenger to the world, and Christ has given Her His authority to speak the message of truth. And, just like in the time of Moses and the prophets, when people don’t like the message, they won’t listen. 

Father, give us the grace to be open the message of salvation proclaimed through your messenger, the Church, the Bride of Christ. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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