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THE CHURCH HAS We believe that Jesus gave the Church the power to THE POWER TO forgive sin. When we go to the priest and ask for FORGIVE


Jn 20: 19-23


his living body the Church. AT THE


forgiveness, the Risen Lord forgives our sins and brings us back to full union with the Father and with


In the eleventh section of the Creed, we say that we


RESURRECTION believe in “the resurrection of the body.” When Jesus WE WILL BE COMPLETE


comes in power and our risen bodies will be different from the bodies we now have. St. Paul gives us the


HUMAN PESONS example of a seed that is buried and grows into a 1 Cor 15: 35-44 plant. The plant is different from the seed. But the seed and the plant depend on each other.


It will be like that with our


risen bodies. We will be the same person after we rise. We will still be spirit and flesh joined in one person. But we will be different.


OUR LIFE IS GIVEN TO US


The last section of the Creed says that we believe in “life everlasting.” From the first moment we are


FOREVER being formed in the wombs of our mothers we are Rom 6: 3-11


given the gift of life. This gift is given by the Spirit.


The gift of life cannot be taken away. The gift is forever. The purpose of our lives is complete union with God. “Life everlasting” means that we expect to enjoy God in complete happiness forever.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Acts 28, 16-31 Paul preaches at Rome Footnotes:


28, 16: With Paul’s arrival in Rome, the programmatic spread of the word of the Lord to “the ends of the earth” (1, 8) is accomplished.


In


Rome, Paul is placed under house arrest, and under this mild form of custody he is allowed to proclaim the word in the capital of the civilized world of his day.


28, 17-22: Paul’s first act in Rome is to learn from the leaders of the Jewish community whether the Jews of Jerusalem plan to pursue their case against him before the Roman jurisdiction. He is informed that no such plan is afoot, but that the Jew’s of Rome have heard the


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