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18Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold. I am with you always, until the end of the age.”


REFLECTION:


Jesus’ work of salvation did not end when he returned to the Father. He continues to work through the preaching of his disciples. Through them,the power of death and resurrection spreads to all people. His disciples do not work alone. The Risen Lord is with them. He is present and acting through their words and deeds.


He is present and acting today in the sacraments of the Church. As an ordained minister you will be called on to participate in the various sacraments of the church. In doing so you will be God’s instrument on earth.


STUDY QUESTIONS: (Limit response to one page per question). Why is the Church called a sacrament? What mission does Jesus give to us as his disciples? Why did Jesus choose to remain present in “signs?”


CHAPTER TWENTY SIX THE CHURCH IS A COMMUNITY OF FAITH


THE CHURCH IS We go to Church to be near God. We feel that MORE THAN AN the Church is a holy place. INSTITUTION is present. with God.


It is there that God It is a place to pray and to make peace In a general way we understand that the Church is more


than just a building. We say, “The Church teaches us.” We talk about the “Church throughout the world.” Even in these ways of speaking the Church seems to be simply a visible institution. But it is more than that!


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