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How can you support with Sacred Scripture the fact that Our Lady and the saints can intercede for us?

How can you support with Sacred Scripture the fact that Our Lady and the saints can intercede for us?

Carl Bloch, “Wedding at Cana,” 1870. (photo: Public Domain)

 

 

Dr. David Anders explains:

 

Step 1: God can communicate His grace to us through human instruments.

2 Cor 5:20

“So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us.”

Col 1:24  

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the Church,”

John 20:22-23

“And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

 

Step 2: Persons can pray for each other.

Job 42:7-8

After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. 

2 Thes 3:1

“Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honoured, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men.” 

 

Step 3: The relationship of prayer and mutual intercession can continue after death.

Rev 5:8

“And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”

2 Mac 15:13-14

“Then in the same fashion another appeared, distinguished by his gray hair and dignity, and of marvelous majesty and authority. And Onias spoke, saying, “This is a man who loves the family of Israel and prays much for the people and the holy city—Jeremiah, the prophet of God.”

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