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THE CHURCH IS The Church is a community that is both visible HUMAN AND DIVINE


and invisible. It is human and divine.


It is made up of men and women who confess that Jesus is Lord. Yet


they are men and women who are sinners and who are imperfect. Jesus who calls these men and women makes them worthy to be members of the Church. He also makes it possible for the Spirit to dwell in their hearts. This community of believers is united and led by the Spirit sent by Jesus.


A QUESTION OF When entering the community we re called to give CONTROL up our very selves. The question of who will be in control of our lives is at the heart of becoming a member of the community of faith. In order to protect ourselves we strive to be in control of our lives. We seek security, freedom, and independence. We desperately look for happiness and try to escape from loneliness by building our own kingdom of things and relationships.


WE FIND OURSELVES Jesus asks us to follow him and to place our IN LETTING GO trust in him. He asks us to die to our need to be Mt 10: 37-39


independent. We are afraid to do this because it


seems to mean that we will lose everything. However, when we place our trust in him, he gives us all that we strive for.


ourselves that Jesus gives us ourselves. PEOPLE SEEK HELP


The community of faith is a community of


people FROM JESUS who seek the help of the Lord in surrendering their own desires and wills to the will of God. They wish to give up striving and defending their very selves. They confess Jesus as Lord of their lives and are brought into the life of the Trinity: the life of the Church.


DAILY CROSS Men and women of the faith community must Lk 9: 23-25work very hard at taking up the daily cross of simply being present to Jesus. By doing so they can be free to allow him to change and direct their lives as he sees fit.


Jesus can continue to mold them


into the gifts needed by other members. SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER TWENTY SIX 1 Thessalonians 1, 1-10: A people of faith Footnotes:


It is by letting go of


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