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and allow God AND HOPE alone to lead us. We are a people of love, because as individuals we must be at the service of one another in order to make the journey, and as a “people” we must be at the service of all people. We are a people of hope, because our goal is to be united with the Lord when he comes again.


DEMANDS OF As with any people on a journey we must live a


simple THE JOURNEY life style. We use the things of creation to make Jesus present among the “people” and to make him present to


the world. At times we find the journey harsh and difficult. And at times we fall by the wayside. Yet God always remains faithful to us. He forgives and heals us, and he send the Spirit to abide with us and guide us on our way.


EVERYONE IS ON The image of the people of God would also include all THE ROAD TO those people who are not specifically Christian but who THE have said “yes” to God’s invitation to friendship. These RESURRECTION people are included in the larger Church. They too are on the road to the promised life of the resurrection.


OUR PURPOSE The goal of our journey is union with God. The Spirit is ISUNION WITH constantly calling us to respond to God’s love. The Spirit GOD unifies the people who respond and prepares them for complete union with God when Jesus comes again.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER THIRTY 1 Peter 2, 9-10: You are God’s people Footnotes:


2, 9-10: The prerogatives of ancient Israel mentioned here are now more fully and fittingly applied to the Christian people: “a chosen race” indicates their divine election; “a royal priesthood” to serve and worship God in Christ, thus continuing the priestly functions of his life, passion, and resurrection; “a holy nation” reserved for God, a people he claims for his own in virtue of their baptism into his death and resurrection. This transcends all natural and national divisions and unites the people into one community to glorify the one who led them from the darkness of paganism to the light of


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