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within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.


REFLECTION:


The Christian is now united with God in the Spirit. Yet the Christian waits for the day of face to face union with the Father. We wait for Jesus to come in glory. Jesus promised this. The Spirit keeps this promise alive in our hearts. When Jesus’ victory over sin and death is complete, all creation will be united to God. Every evil and sadness will be gone. The Spirit gives us confidence aswe wait for Jesus’ return.


STUDY QUESTIONS: (Limit response to one page per question). What does a Christian hope for? What does “freedom” mean in the scripture passage? How does hope help us to face real problems?


CHAPTER TWENTY NINE THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST THE SPIRIT


FORMS THE


From the day of Pentecost until the present day the Spirit has gathered together all baptized persons and


formed CHURCH them into the community of the Church. The Church has always searched for words to describe the unity among its members and the unity of all members with their Risen Head, Jesus Christ. Some letters of St. Paul compare this unity to the human body.


EACH PART OF The human body is made up of many parts. Each part THE BODY HAS A has a role to play in the support of the body. Each part ROLE TO PLAY is dependent on the other parts for life. When one part suffers the whole body suffers. When one part does not function properly the whole body is affected. The various parts of the body are organized and guided by the head.


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