Christ’s Death and Burial
July 29, 2014
” suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified died and was buried “
The Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed continued……
We have covered much catechesis in a short time, but we have far to go. I know that I have delved into a more intermediate and advanced catechesis at times, but I am trying to keep things as basic as possible. For those who would like to get deeper into the Church’s De Fidei teachings, I would highly recommend a book by Dr. Ludwig Ott called Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma and I would also point you to our bookstore at the Marian Catechist Apostolate for other excellent catechetical and faithful Catholic reading material. It is an excellent source for all of The Church’s teachings on the Faith. One of these days I promise to get working on the Reading List also. On with the catechesis……
In death, our body and soul are separated from one another, it is actually that simple. When Jesus died, this is precisely what happened to Him, His soul was separated from His body. However, His Divinity remained united with both His body in the tomb and His soul that was separated from His body. I say again, Jesus’ Divinity remained united with both His soul and His body even though His body and soul were separated at His death. This leads us to the fact that Jesus’ body did not begin the decomposition process that all other humans go through at death due to original sin (except for The Blessed Mother of course who suffered no corruption at death due to Her Immaculate Conception). Jesus’ human body did not corrupt eventhough He had truly died, as seen in Acts 13 of Sacred Scripture ”  But he whom God hath raised from the dead, saw no corruption.” We also read this in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “627 Christ’s death was a real death in that it put an end to his earthly human existence. But because of the union which the person of the Son retained with his body, his was not a mortal corpse like others, for “it was not possible for death to hold him”470 and therefore “divine power preserved Christ’s body from corruption.”471 Both of these statements can be said of Christ: “He was cut off out of the land of the living”,472 and “My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let your Holy One see corruption.”473 Jesus’ Resurrection “on the third day” was the sign of this, also because bodily decay was held to begin on the fourth day after death.474 “
So now that we are learning about the beautiful Catholic Faith, how can we put what we learn into action. With The Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed we commemorate the Passion and Death of Christ by participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass regularly, not just on Sundays, also by observing Fridays as obligatory days of penance ( like not eating meat or no internet or tv). Also by praying the Rosary and especially praying and meditating on the sorrowful mysteries is an excellent way of actually practicing this article of the Apostle’s Creed. Also, making the Way of the Cross is another wonderful way of putting into action what we learn in the The Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed.
May Almighty God protect us from the World, the devil, and ourselves. In JM+JT , Lee
ps please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East that are being persecuted, threatened, tortured, and even crucified! They are truly bearing the heaviest of Crosses! Mother of Mercy, we beg you, pray for us!!!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!!!
Christ’s Capacity for Suffering
July 21, 2014
Fourth Article continued…..
It is a Dogma of the Church, ” De Fidei definita ” that Christ’s human nature was passible. Jesus chose to adopt passible flesh in order to make atonement for our sins, also to demonstrate the fact that He did have a human nature, and also to be a model of patience for mankind. The word passible isn’t a word that might be familiar to all. A quick definition of passible is “capable of feeling or suffering; susceptible to sensation or emotion.” Once again, Jesus chose and willed to suffer and die for us to make satisfaction for the sins of mankind. The reason I bring up the topic of Christ’s Capacity for Suffering is because it is important for us to realize what our Lord and Saviour did for us. His Passion, from the last supper to the Cross was all for us. Jesus was mocked, spat on, beaten, tortured over and over again and He could have stopped it at any moment, but He did not. He willingly, lovingly accepted all of the suffering to atone for ALL of OUR SINS ! How quickly do I flee from suffering, the smallest amount. I should remember what our Lord endured always, and ask Him to accept any suffering I have and use it to help convert the world to Our Lord! Do not waste your suffering my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, offer it to the Lord and His Immaculate Mother for the conversion of the world to the Catholic Church! Jesus didn’t have the distractions of mind that you and I have, if anything Jesus felt perfectly every single blow by the Roman guards and Jewish Temple police. He felt every thorn and every sensation of the pain that coursed through His precious body. When His precious body was scourged at the pillar, He experienced every lash of satans whip much more than you or I could because of His innocence. The wood of the Cross that He willingly chose to carry to the spot of crucifixion, would He have not experienced the weight of that cross like no other, of course. Jesus truly experienced every single moment of His Passion in the true present like no other, He experienced every feeling of pain, loss and suffering. He fully experienced the human emotions of being falsely accused, abandoned by His best friends, how it is to be jailed and tortured. He was made fun of, and mocked in the cruelest possible way. He did all of this for us. How do we pay Him back? We can’t!
But we can say thank you, we can pray, we can try and love even those whom we may not like. We can go to Church regularly and visit the most Blessed Sacrament, we can use the Sacraments that He left for us, we can give alms to the needy. We can tithe to the Church, something many Catholics resist. So many blessings come from tithing, truly, don’t be afraid to tithe, the blessings will be tenfold! We can truly honour our earthly father and mother and follow the commandments and the precepts of the Church and realize that they are for us, for our happiness. We can evangelize our friends, family and co-workers. These are just a couple of ways we can say thank you to Our Dear Lord! Thank you Jesus, thank you for all you have done and all you do for us all!!! In JM+JT Lee
Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed
July 13, 2014
“Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried”
Hi everyone, hope all are having a good summer! Thanks for the replies, comments, and emails I have received recently, they are very much appreciated! Thanks also to my fellow blogger at http://voxcantor.blogspot.ca/ for the nice post about www.canadiancatechist.com, I travel his site quite often :-). So, on to some necessary catechesis. We will be discussing the teachings of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church regarding the Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed,which states,“Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried” . So, The Passion, Death,and Burial of Jesus Christ.
Their are some very important points to take away from this Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed. Lets start with the fact that Jesus willingly wanted to die for all of us in order to satisfy the Divine justice due to sin. The fact that He chose to go through the sufferings of His Passion should prompt us to fall down in adoration, praise and thanksgiving. Jesus did not have to go through with the torture and pains of His Passion and crucifixion, He chose to. He wanted to show us how much He loves us and how far He would go, and did go,to bring us back into friendship with God. The least amount of suffering for the God-Man, Jesus Christ would have satisfied Divine Justice because of its infinite value, but, we are to learn from His Passion, 1. how much he loves us, 2. how terrible sin is , 3. how we should more patiently and willingly bear our own cardboard crosses. Not trying to negate the fact that some do indeed have to carry truly heavy crosses, my own however, tend to be cardboard. So truly, Christ saved us from Hell! I say that literally, not allegorically or metaphorically or any other twisted modernized way, Jesus Christ actually saved us from an eternal Hell by dying on the Cross for us. In His dying, He showed us how to live!
I really wanted to touch on the main points of this article of the Creed before getting into some of the other details. Next post we will start to touch on some of the details. May God keep you safe from the world, the devil and ourselves. In JMJ, Lee
Mary’s Divine Maternity and Immaculate Conception ! ! !
June 6, 2014
Third Article Continued…
Mary’s Divine Maternity and Immaculate Conception
I must admit, when I took on the task of authoring a blog about The One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church and the Truth that She is, and contains, I never thought it would be so challenging. Their is so much I could write, actually type about these topics, but in order to keep viewer/reader attention I have to limit myself to certain “snippets” if you will about these topics. So please forgive me if any feel that I miss certain areas of a topic that I may just touch on or miss altogether. Like I have stated before, this is only a beginning of what I hope will be a lead to a more advanced catechetical blog. However, please, as always, feel free to comment or ask questions on any topics related to Church teaching.
St Bonaventure states very clearly, ” God could make a greater world, but he cannot make a more perfect mother than the Mother of God.” Everything that we attribute to Mary including Her, Immaculate Conception, Assumption, Co-Redemptrix… all flows if you will from the fact of Marys Divine Maternity, that She is the Mother of the Second Person of the Trinity. As Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange said in his book “Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life,” the divine maternity, considered in isolation from Mary’s other dignities, is the end and reason of her fullness of grace, and is therefore higher than it is. The anticipated fact of the Divine Maternity of Mary was the reason for Her Immaculate Conception and kept her preserved from sin and any inclination to sin. Mary wasn’t in need of healing from a fallen nature. She did not have the stain of original sin , she was preserved from it, in anticipation of Christ’s death on the Cross of Calvary. If someone falls into a pit filled with mud and you send down a ladder, you could say that he or she was saved. However, in Mary’s case, she did not actually fall into the pit filled with mud, but before that happened, she was preserved from falling from the edge and caught before the actual fall. Would that also not be saving someone? Of course it would. I choose try and use common analogies in catechising the faith, many of the analogies are parroted from other sources, but can get the point across.
In the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1 the Angel Gabriel most definitely implies Mary’s Immaculate Conception when he states “ And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” The Greek translation of the salutation from Gabriel of “Hail full of grace” is “Chaire, Kecharitomene“. These two words imply something that does not always translate well into English. What Kecharitomene actually means is “fully graced.” Now fully graced means sometime in the past, like at Mary’s conception actually. This is a far cry from some of the absolutely terrible translations we even see in some Catholic translation of highly favoured. The translation is full of grace or fully graced when translated literally from the greek. This is a scriptural proof of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. In fact, all through Church history Mary’s Immaculate Conception has always been taught and believed. It was solemnly defined of course in 1854 by Pope Pius IX and here it is:
Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854.
God Ineffable — whose ways are mercy and truth, whose will is omnipotence itself, and whose wisdom “reaches from end to end mightily, and orders all things sweetly” — having foreseen from all eternity the lamentable wretchedness of the entire human race which would result from the sin of Adam, decreed, by a plan hidden from the centuries, to complete the first work of his goodness by a mystery yet more wondrously sublime through the Incarnation of the Word. This he decreed in order that man who, contrary to the plan of Divine Mercy had been led into sin by the cunning malice of Satan, should not perish; and in order that what had been lost in the first Adam would be gloriously restored in the Second Adam. From the very beginning, and before time began, the eternal Father chose and prepared for his only-begotten Son a Mother in whom the Son of God would become incarnate and from whom, in the blessed fullness of time, he would be born into this world. Above all creatures did God so loved her that truly in her was the Father well pleased with singular delight. Therefore, far above all the angels and all the saints so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully.
Now this Infallible declaration from the Chair of Peter was not even close to a new teaching. This like I stated before is a very ancient teaching of the Church. The Lateran Council held in 649 calls Mary ” Immaculate ” (Denz, 256). St Augustines very well known comment, ” The honour of the Lord does not permit that the question of sin be raised in connection with the Blessed Virgin Mary.” Also the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been celebrated in the Church since the 7th and 8th centuries especially in the Greek Church. St Ephrem compares Mary and Eve, ” both were at first simple and innocent, but thereafter Eve became the cause of death and Mary cause of Life.” St Justin, St Iraneus and Tertullian all contrast Mary and Eve, as Mary cause of life and Eve cause of death. The Fathers have always held that Mary was indeed without spot!
So, is Mary the fulfillment and promise of the woman mentioned in Gen 3:15, ”  I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. ” Yes, of course she is. She is” the woman,” the new Eve. Mary said a great big YES to God, Eve said no. We could go deep into studying Our Lady and we will. You will also notice that certain topics will cross over into one another when I am trying to teach about Mary. This is bound to happen , because they all work together into this most wonderful of Gods created, Mary.
May Almighty God bless us, and protect us from the world, the devil and ourselves. Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!!!
The Human Nature of Jesus Christ!!!
May 29, 2014
“Who was Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary”
After professing our faith in Jesus Christ’s divinity as the only begotten Son of God, we immediately declare that ” He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary “. Jesus’ Divinity means He has the exact same nature as God, His Father. We don’t speak of His Divine nature as being created, because it wasn’t, it was generated from the Father. Jesus as the second person of the Divine Trinity has all the attributes of God the Father, He is eternal like His Father. We will look more at Jesus’ Divinity in future posts and the relationship between the Three Divine Persons in God. For now, lets examine some more of Jesus’ human, created nature.
Now, once again I have to state that Jesus is one Divine person with two natures and two wills, He has a human nature and a human will. Jesus has a Divine nature and a Divine will, but He is still one person, not two persons in the same body. If you were to ask your mother if she gave birth to your nature or your person, and assuming that she is not some kind of philosopher or psychologist type, she would rationally answer that she gave birth to a person and named him ” whatever your name is, insert here.” I have to say that Frank Sheeds book called ” Theology and Sanity” explains the mystery of the Holy Trinity superbly. Now, just because Jesus has a human nature doesn’t mean he could sin, because He couldn’t, it just wasn’t in Him, it was actually impossible for Him to sin. Jesus is what we call ” impeccable” or simply “sinless.” Once again, this is not speculation this is absolute truth or De Fide. The Council of Florence solemnly declared it in 1441. However that being said, it was always a part of Catholic Teaching that Jesus was “ impeccable “. St Augustine taught, ” Let everyone that believes that the flesh of Christ revolted against His Spirit, be excluded” (Opus imperfectum c. Iul, IV 47). Christ therefore did not have “concupiscence” that is, He never was inclined to sin. His soul did not struggle with His flesh, they were in perfect harmony with one another. Jesus, even though He had a free will as part of His human nature, it always participated perfectly with His Divine will. Pope Benedict XVI writes beautifully of Jesus’ Divine and human will in the second book of The Jesus of Nazareth series. The main reason for Jesus’ impeccability lies in the fact of the Hypostatic Union. Jesus is a Divine person, therefore cannot be the subject of sin. The Council of Chalcedon in 451 states ” similar to us in all things, except sin” ( D 148 ).
It is also a teaching of the Church that from the very moment of Christ’s conception He had the Beatific Vision, in other words He immediately had a face to face with God and knew Him perfectly. I take a quote from the schoolmen from Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Dr. Ludwig Ott, ” at the same time a pilgrim on earth and at the destination of His earthly pilgrimage.” Therefore , since Jesus had the Beatific Vision He did not have the theological virtues of Faith and Hope.
I will continue on this post shortly…… In JMJ,Lee
Third Article of Apostles Creed
May 23, 2014
“ Who was Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary “
Third Article of the Apostles Creed, ” Who was Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary “
As we begin to look at this section of The Apostles Creed we will take a look at what The Catholic Church teaches on Jesus’ human nature and we will look at Mary, The “Theotokos”or in English, Mary the Mother of God, Her Immaculate Conception, and also her Assumption. I think it would also be prudent to also take a look at The Holy Family, particularly the Marriage of Mary and St Joseph and also Mary Mediatrix of All Grace and Devotion to Mary . So much for keeping things simple lol. However I will do my best to try and do that, to keep it simple and straightforward . The next few posts will be dealing with the Third Article specifically. This article in particular needs to be spaced out in order to be communicated clearly and with exactness. Language needs to be properly expressed when catechising, it is most important. That is one aspect of The Catholic Faith that I have come to love and appreciate so much, is that it is so definitive.
The Third Article teaches that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity became a human being through the operation of the Holy Spirit ; that He was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary and born of her in Bethlehem. Jesus Christ had no biological human father, only a human mother. He was conceived by a truly miraculous operation of the Holy Trinity. We attribute Christ’s conception to the Holy Spirit even though His Incarnation was effected by all three Persons of The Trinity, because the third Person is the eternal love that proceeds from the Father and the Son. One of the greatest examples of love is in God assuming a human nature in Jesus Christ. Just to note, in the posts dealing with the Third Article and many others, I will be referencing catechetical materials from The Marian Catechist Apostolate that is linked on my homepage. Specifically here http://www.mariancatechist.com/bookstore/index for study references and excellent catechetical materials and spiritual materials. None of what is communicated here on this Blog/Website as far as Church teaching is of opinion or from other sources other than true Church Teaching materials. Beware of opinion pieces concerning Church Doctrine, they can be extremely hazardous to your health and soul and can lead many astray. Be very careful on what you read online or the books you buy. Many can be 99% truth and 1% error, and that 1% can put your soul in murky water. The Marian Catechist Apostolate has all tried , tested, and true books that will keep you truly Catholic. I will be working on my Reading List soon, as I am hoping to offer lots of good solid Catholic books that will help to enrich and grow our beautiful Catholic Faith. May Almighty God, keep us safe from the world, the devil and ourselves and may the Seat of Wisdom pray for us!!! In JMJ,Lee
Jesus Christ The King
May 14, 2014
King of Kings
Jesus Christ King of Kings
This will be the last post dealing with The Second Article of the Apostles Creed, ” And in Jesus Christ His Only Son, Our Lord. ” We will briefly look at how Jesus fulfills, transforms, and perfects kingship from the old to the new. How do we recognize Jesus as King? Well, first of all Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, and from the kingly line of David. Both, Jesus’ mother Mary and His Foster Father St Joseph were of the tribe of Judah, from the line of David. In fact, St Joseph, had the blood right to the throne of David himself. So, just that alone gives good reason for Jesus’ title, ” Son of David.” You can trace the lineage of Jesus in Chapter 1 of The Gospel of St Matthew verses 1-18. Lets see what the Angel Gabriel said to Mary, Jesus’ Mother in Luke Chapter 1, “ Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.  And of his kingdom there shall be no end.” So we have an Angel from heaven declaring moments before the actual Annunciation, prophesizing the fact of Jesus’ Kingship and His Eternal Reign. I think that alone is sufficient proof of Christs Kingship. But, their is much more. Holding the office of King, Jesus would have certain duties and responsibilities that would be required of Him. Some of the duties and responsibilities of a Kingly office would be to govern and judge His subjects or people. Good Kings are also wise, merciful, and will make sure their people have food, and if need be, will even lead their armies into battle and even die for their subjects. Jesus is indeed, The King of Kings. He fulfills all of those requirements of a King.
Jesus really showed His authority and laid down His precepts and New Laws when He preached the Sermon on the Mount in The Gospel of St Matthew from Chapter five to chapter seven. These precepts/laws give specific instructions on how to live a Heavenly life on earth in Jesus’ Kingdom, all the while preparing ourselves for the Heavenly Kingdom of Heaven, after our souls leave our bodies when we die. We will look more at the organization of Jesus’ Kingdom in future posts, although I must state now that The One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church is that organization. Jesus being a true King, demanded strict adherence to The New Law that He personally and authoritatively laid out. John 14,”  If you love me, keep my commandments.” And, in John 15, Jesus says “ If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father’ s commandments, and do abide in his love.” Once again, He is showing His authority as King, telling us about His Commandments!
Jesus, when He stood before Pontius Pilate confessed Himself to be King, but of a Heavenly nature, here is the text from John Chapter 18 ”  Pilate therefore went into the hall again, and called Jesus, and said to him: Art thou the king of the Jews?  Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of me?  Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? Thy own nation, and the chief priests, have delivered thee up to me: what hast thou done? 36] Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence.  Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.” When reading or quoting from The Holy Bible I prefer the Douay-Rheims or RSV translation of The Holy Bible. In John 5 we see Jesus speaking of His authority ,”  For neither doth the Father judge any man, but hath given all judgment to the Son.” And in Matthew 28,”.  And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.” How much power did Jesus say He has ? I’m quite very positive He said, ALL POWER! That’s our King, so do not be afraid! Our King has ALL POWER ! In 1925 Pope Pius XI established a special feast in honour of The Kingship of Christ,the encyclical is called , ” Quas Primas .” Here is a link to the encyclical Quas Primas http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_11121925_quas-primas_en.html
Their is much much more throughout The Holy Scriptures and Holy Tradition about Christs Kingship, this is only a small beginning to get everyone started. The entire Book of Revelations deals with Christs Kingship, it could definitively be argued that the entire Bible from front to back, all 73 Books, point directly to Christs’ Kingship. So when you are reading your Bibles, keep an eye out for reference to Christs Kingship, and reference it somehow, with a little crown maybe in your Bible. Mark down other places where you have found refernces to Christs Kingship and join them together and before you know it you will be a Catholic Apologist or maybe even become a Marian Catechist :-). May God Bless you Always, and keep you safe from the world, the devil and ourselves. IN JMJ, Lee
Jesus Christ as Prophet
May 6, 2014
” THE PROPHET “
Jesus Christ ” The Prophet “
In this post we are still looking at The Second Article of The Apostles’ Creed, “And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord “. We will be focussing on Jesus as Prophet.
First, what is a Prophet and what are a prophets duties? A real prophet is a messenger sent by God, a person who speaks for God. He or she witnesses to God, calls people to conversion, and may also foretell the future. Prophets often are killed for their message and they are ultimately teachers. Jesus definitely fits this description perfectly. We will look to The Holy Scriptures for our catechesis on Jesus.When learning of Jesus and His life, their is no better place than in The Holy Bible to learn of Our Lord and His Life. Please read and re-read all four Gospels and learn of Our Lord and from His very words. Another excellent book by Thomas A Kempis that has helped me tremendously is called “The Imitation of Christ.” I would say it is a must read to be sure.
Moses speaks of Jesus The Prophet in Deuteronomy 18 , ”  The Lord thy God will raise up to thee a PROPHET of thy nation and of thy brethren like unto me: him thou shalt hear: ” Jesus in John chapter 5 also speaks of Moses as a prophet and has this to say to the unbelievers and nay sayers, ”  Think not that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one that accuseth you, Moses, in whom you trust. 46] For if you did believe Moses, you would perhaps believe me also; for he wrote of me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words? ” Jesus teaches in all He did and in all He still does. Jesus teaches us through His Word, His Actions, and even when it may seem that He is still, we can still learn from Jesus. Every single instance of Jesus’ life on earth including the hidden years between his 12-30 years are for our instruction. As a prophet is to teach, Jesus is The Teacher. In John Chapter 13, Jesus said of Himself, ”  You call me Master, and Lord; and you say well, for so I am. Even Nicodemus who was a Pharisee came to see Jesus and spoke of him here in John Chapter 3 ”  This man came to Jesus by night, and said to him: Rabbi, we know that thou art come a teacher from God; for no man can do these signs which thou dost, unless God be with him.” So, here we have so many scriptural references to Jesus fulfilling Moses prophecy in Deuteronomy Chapter 18. So Moses the prophet, the greatest Old Testament prophet through Divine inspiration and direction wrote The Torah, which is the first five Books of The Old Testament, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and whom God revealed His Name, was pointing directly towards Our Lord Jesus Christ. Like St Augustine said, ” The Old is fulfilled in the New, and the New is hidden in the Old.” St Augustine is talking about the prophecies ultimately concerning Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel of Luke, we have Jesus in Chapter 4 teaching in the synagogue using the Holy Scriptures and quoting from the Book of Isaiah. He is letting Holy Scripture do the Teaching, and not mixing words, “ And the book of Isaias the prophet was delivered unto him. And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written:  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart,  To preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward.  And when he had folded the book, he restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21] And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this scripture in your ears.” Can you imagine what the people must have been thinking? I am certain that the silence that followed this reading must have been that deafening kind, with jaws hanging to the floor. Of course the main point that separates Jesus from all other prophets is that Jesus Christ has a Divine nature and human nature in one person, the Hypostatic Union. This in particular gives Jesus’ teaching its unique and singular authority. When Jesus teaches or prophecies to us, we know that it is actually God Himself speaking to us directly.
Jesus spoke of many prophecies in The Gospels, and in The Epistles and especially in The Book of The Apocalypse. Some of these prophecies have been fulfilled, some are being fulfilled as I write this post, and some we will have to wait for. The Holy Scriptures are layered deep, so please don’t do what I call “cut and paste” scripture interpretation. It is best to follow Jesus’ teaching when he teaches us in Luke Chapter 12 to always be ready for His coming. Don’t wait til tomorrow or next week to be a better Christian, you can do it now with His Grace, and The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, and The Sacraments. If you haven’t been to confession, do not be afraid, make an appointment with a priest! Our Lord is waiting for you, He wants you to come and see Him, He loves you unconditionally. Lets see what Jesus said in Luke Chapter 12, another prophecy of Our Lord for all of us, “ Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands.  And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately.  Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and passing will minister unto them.  And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open.  Be you then also ready: for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.” Jesus will come, He tells us so, therefore, it is Truth. Do not hesitate, be ready always for Our Lord.
May God Bless you always and keep you safe from the world, the devil, and ourselves. In JMJ, Lee
Who is Jesus Christ?????
April 29, 2014
Priest, Prophet, King
Who is Jesus?
Jesus actually means saviour. This name was given to Him by God. The Angel Gabriel announced this to Mary His Mother, ” Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son ; and thou shalt call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). Joshua, or Josue are also translations of the same name Jesus. The Aramaic name for Jesus is Yeshua. His Mother would have probably called Him Yeshua throughout His thirty three years on Earth. Christ is not Jesus‘ last name, it actually means “anointed.” Annointed translated into Greek is actually Christos (Khristos), or in English, Christ. In Hebrew, we have Christ translating into Messiah (Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ, Modern Mashiaẖ Tiberian Māšîăḥ; in modern Jewish texts in English spelled Mashiach. I know, it can be a little confusing to get all these names down, but once you do, it will stay with you for life and it helps to explain Who is Jesus. To try and keep it simple, Jesus means saviour, Christ means anointed. So, Jesus actually is His name, it is Who He is. Jesus is our Saviour and Gods anointed or Christ.Talk about a tongue twister, I promise I’m trying to keep it simple.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever, this is prophesied all throughout the Old Testament. Jesus transformed and perfected the Levitical Priesthood into the Priesthood we have today in The Catholic Church. Jesus all throughout John chapter 17, exercise His Priestly function especially in what exegetes refer to as Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer.” Especially in John 17: They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.  Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.  And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me.” The word sanctify is used in the Old Testament and properly translated into Hebrew as “hagiazo,” which actually means to “consecrate” or to “make holy.” .Only an ordained prophet of God or a High priest has the authority to consecrate a priest. Jesus is both, and is actually ordaining the 12 Apostles as priests in this chapter 17 of John. The priesthood that Jesus is re-establishing, transforming and perfecting actually has roots that lead all the way back to Abraham. In Hebrews chapter 7 we read of Jesus’ New Priesthood, “ For this Melchisedech was king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him.” also, ”  For he testifieth: Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.” And more from Hebrews 7, But this, for that he continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood,  Whereby he is able also to save for ever them that come to God by him; always living to make intercession for us.
 Many priests: The apostle notes this difference between the high priests of the law, and our high priest Jesus Christ; that they being removed by death, made way for their successors; whereas our Lord Jesus is a priest for ever, and hath no successor; but liveth and concurreth for ever with his ministers, the priests of the new testament, in all their functions. Also, that no one priest of the law, nor all of them together, could offer that absolute sacrifice of everlasting redemption, which our one high priest Jesus Christ has offered once, and for ever.
 Make intercession: Christ, as man, continually maketh intercession for us, by representing his passion to his Father.
 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. So, we have lots of information in The New Testament of Jesus as our High Priest and His ordained Priesthood, but what of The Old Testament. Do we have the same kind of prophecies of a continuing Priesthood? Lets try and take a quick look. The Prophet Malachi speaks very openly of the New Priesthood of Jesus Christ, Chapter 1 , “ For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.” Well, where do we have this sacrifice that Malachi is prophesizing about other than in Catholic Churches all throughout the world, on every continent and in every time zone? And who are these Gentiles, but, of course they are us, at The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. I have a little more from the great prophet Isaiah that talks about Jesus’ priesthood to come. In Isaiah 66, ”  And they shall bring all your brethren out of all nations for a gift to the Lord, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and in coaches, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as if the children of Israel should bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. 21] And I will take of them to be priests, and Levites, saith the Lord.” So, how can a gentile become a Levitical priest? That’s what is being said in this verse. This is prophesizing the New Priesthood of Jesus Christ which will, and does include ordained men from all nations and ethnicities, not just from the Levitical bloodline from the tribe of Levi or from Aarons bloodline. Jesus transforms and perfects the Holy Priesthood, making Himself Priest and Victim. Because after all, in order for a priest to be a priest, a victim to be sacrificed is needed. Jesus is Perfect Priest, and Perfect Sacrifice, as St John said in Chapter 1, “ The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.”
Who was Saint John talking about in Chapter 14 of The Apocalypse, who were these celibate men? ”  These are they who were not defiled with women: for they are virgins. These follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were purchased from among men, the firstfruits to God and to the Lamb:  And in their mouth there was found no lie; for they are without spot before the throne of God. ” HMMMMM, who could these virgin men be??? I wonder… Of course, they are celibate priests from The Catholic Church, we now call them Saints!!!
PS Please use your Bibles and look up these chapters and verses, highlight and mark them for future reference so you know about Jesus and His Priesthood!!!
I could go on and on and quote more from other Books from the Holy Scriptures, but I will stop here for now. Next post we will look at Jesus as Prophet. May God Bless us, and keep us safe from the world, the devil, and ourselves. In, JMJ,Lee
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord
April 23, 2014
It is vitally important to state exactly who Jesus Christ actually is. Jesus Christ is God made man. Jesus Christ is Our Lord, The Second Person of The Blessed Trinity, true God and true man. Jesus Christ is one Person, with two natures, human and divine.
Taken from The Athanasian Creed , this is a simple, but thorough teaching of who Jesus is. ” The true faith is : we believe and profess that Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man. As God, He was begotten of the substance of the Father before time. As man, He was born in time of the substance of His Mother. He is perfect God ; and He is perfect man, with a rational soul and human flesh. He is equal to the Father in His Divinity bo ut He is inferior to His Father in His humanity. Although He is God and man, He is not two but one Christ. And He is one. He is one not because His Divinity was changed into flesh, but because His humanity was assumed by God. He is one not at all because of a mingling of substances, but because He is one Person. As a rational soul and flesh are one man, so God and man are one Christ.” This again taken from The Athanasian Creed from the fifth Century, and also can be found in the book, The Sources of Catholic Dogma by Henry Denzinger, also referred to as just Denzinger under article 39. This Creed is definitely my personal favourite. It is thought that St Ambrose probably authored this Creed and not St Athanasius, the great defender of Jesus’ Divinity against the heretic arians. We will cover heresies in the future. The term we use to describe the joining together of Jesus’ Divine and human nature is called the hypostatic union. This union will never cease to be.
Because of Adams sin in the garden, if we were to be restored to friendship with God, this eternal breach had to be crossed. As I briefly explained in the earlier post on original sin,when Adam disobeyed God, the damage done, was eternal in scope. Problem is, Adam being a creature, is a finite being. A finite being cannot fix an eternal problem. But, it was a man who broke off friendship with God, so, somehow man needs to be redeemed. Somehow, man has to be involved in satisfying Gods justice due to mans sin against Almighty God. Thank God, for God. Only God could come up with such a perfect solution for us to have friendship restored with Him. He is so merciful and loving that right after The Fall, He said in Gen 3:15 also referred to as the Proto-Evangelium ” I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed : she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” So we have the incarnation, or the enfleshment of God, in the One Person of Jesus Christ, true God, and true man. He alone could restore friendship with God, and reach across that eternal divide caused by Adam and be Our Perfect Redeemer. Not only did God promise a Redeemer in Gen 3:15, Jesus is prophesied all throughout the Old Testament. We will look at more about The Second Article of The Apostles Creed in my next couple of posts on here. May God protect us from the world, the devil , and ourselves… In JMJ, Lee