Monthly Archives: March 2012

St. Paul Tells the Early Church about the Ministry of Reconciliation

It is no accident that Christ spent his first moments with the Apostles after the Resurrection instructing them on the forgiveness of sins. Jesus came to reconcile the world to Himself, and now the Church has to continue sharing this great love.

St. Paul tells us that the ministry of reconciliation is not an invention of man. He and the other Apostles understood from the first time they saw Jesus after the Resurrection that the imparting of God’s peace and reconciliation as a core aspect of their mission to spread the Gospel.

In the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, he reaffirms this to the early Church:

“But all is of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18

But the Apostle Paul does not leave us with just that,

“For certainly God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not charging them with their sins. And he has placed in us the Word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, so that God is exhorting through us. We beseech you for Christ: be reconciled to God. For God made him who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the justice of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-21

How does St. Paul know that he has this mandate from Christ?

In Genesis, God breathed onto man, giving him divine life.

God does this only one more time in the Bible when he appears to the Apostles after the Resurrection and gives them the power to forgive… Continue reading

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Three Things We Learn from Resting on Sundays

2011 Easter Sunday at Holy Rosary in Washington, DC as celebrated by Vatican diplomat, Monsignor Marco Sprizzi

My bishop, Cardinal Wuerl, recently published this article in the Catholic Standard on keeping Sunday a holy day.

“Perhaps the next time we are tempted to reduce Sunday to just one more day, when we are urged to use it as a regular grocery shopping day, to crowd into it that extra bit of work left over from the rest of the week, we might wish to recall the Third Commandment, a commandment for our good – our rest – and God’s glory.” – His Eminence, Cardinal Donald Wuerl

That was a major wake-up call for me. Every Sunday, I fulfill my obligations and say a few extra prayers – but it never occurred to me that by catching up on all of my work, that I was violating God’s invitation and command for us to rest.

Canon Law agrees, stating that we are to refrain from works “which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body” -Canon Law 1247

By resting on Sunday’s we recognize three things:

1) God asks us to be joyful, and experience an infinitesimally small taste of the very real joy that we proclaim we look forward to at Mass every Sunday. The last words of the Creed are, “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.” Continue reading