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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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Christianity is a New People of God, A Visible Community

Romans 12:5: . . . so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Ephesians 4:3-5: . . . eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism . . .

John 10:16: “And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.”

Romans 12:4-5: For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

John 17:21: “. . . that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also be in us, so, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

The Christian faith was never intended to be a strictly personal and individualistic affair. Christ establishes a new People of God, a new Israel— the Church. This community of the faithful is a visible organization with certain marks or traits from God. Sometimes the Bible compares the Church to a house, a body, a city built on a hill, a flock, etc. These are all visible images. The unity of this one body compares favorably against all the various argumentative sects and Protestant organizations. The Catholic Church puts them to shame.

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