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Galatians 6:10
Friday, December 21 2012

Our Family of the Faith...

Share peace and love with the Earth, especially with the family of the faith - our brothers and sisters in Christ:

So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith. –Galatians 6:10, NAB

For most people, their biological families mean a lot to them, but when we became Catholics, we joined an even larger, greater family: the Church.  St. Paul calls us, then, to show them even greater love than anyone else.

Of course, our fellow Catholics hold a special place in our hearts, but we should extend that love to other Christians, as well.  We may disagree on doctrine and how we practice our faith, but we are united in Christ.  Our common love of Christ should bring us together, especially as the world seems to be turning against us.

Doesn't this seem selfish?  Are we really being told to do more good towards other Christians than the rest of the world?  Yes.  But it's not because it's an exclusive club.  Everyone is free to join.  By lifting each other up with love and good works, we can support each other better in the mission of the Church.

Persecutors and enemies of the Church have attacked us since the very beginning, so we must stand together in unity - supporting the work of one another.  If we stood alone, we would surely fail, but together as one, cohesive Church, we can accomplish many great things and bring more people into the family of the faith.

There are over 2 billion Christians, including 1 billion Catholics, in our family of the faith, yet as impressive as that number may be, we should not stop sharing the Good News until we can call the entire population of the world, almost 7 billion people, our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

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