Someone who doesn’t believe in Christ will probably never understand the purpose of suffering, but a Christian knows the end of the story. Suffering is nothing less than participating in the perfect “love triangle” of the Blessed Trinity.

-from Ask The Bible Geek

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Our Spiritual Leaders – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

The Church as the body of Christ has many faces.  The Church prays and worships.  It speaks words of instruction and healing, cleanses us from our sins, invites us to the table of the Lord, binds us together in a covenant of love, sends us out to minister, anoints us when we are sick or dying, and accompanies us in our search for meaning and our daily need for support.   All these faces might not come to us from those we look up to as our leaders.  But when we live our lives with a simple trust that Jesus comes to us in our Church, we will see the Church’s ministry in places and in faces where we least expect it.

If we truly love Jesus, Jesus will send us the people to give us what we most need.  And they are our spiritual leaders.

For further reflection…

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. – Zechariah 4: 6 (NIV)

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