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Looking at a different translation of the bible helps us get an even clearer glimpse of what Jesus means: He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is who bears much fruit.(Jn. 15:5, Revised Standard Version- RSV). The dictionary definition of "abides" is "to have one's abode; dwell; reside" (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/abides?s=t).
Can we honestly say we are "dwelling" or "living" in Christ when we aren't following one of His most basic commands, such as the Third Commandment: "Remember to keep holy the sabbath day." (Ex. 20:8), which is understood to mean that we offer Christ our public worship at least once a week, on Sunday?
Can we honestly say Christ dwells within us if the last time we confessed our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation was six months ago? A year ago? Ten years ago?
Can we honestly say we live in Christ if the television or Internet gets more of our time than our bible?
Friends-- I believe we can do better for Him who gave all for us! If we truly began "abiding" in Christ without watering down what that means, imagine the powerful example we'd be setting for our children! Start small and build.
- Increase daily prayer time by a few minutes this month.
- Pull out the bible each night for five minutes to read the New Testament or Psalms. (Access it online HERE, download it for your Kindle HERE, or get the Catholic Bible app for iPad HERE)
- Make a commitment not to miss Saturday evening or Sunday Mass with the kids for the rest of this month.
If we are to grow faith-filled kids, can we risk any less?