Month: May 2014

The Human Nature of Jesus Christ!!!

“Who was Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary”

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  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

Who was Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of  the Virgin Mary “

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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

 King of Kings

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   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, “[31] Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. [32] 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. [33] 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,”  [15] If you love me, keep my commandments.” And, in John 15, Jesus says “[10] 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 ” [33] Pilate therefore went into the hall again, and called Jesus, and said to him: Art thou the king of the Jews? [34] Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of me? [35] 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. [37] 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 ,” [22] For neither doth the Father judge any man, but hath given all judgment to the Son.” And in Matthew 28,”. [18] 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

” THE  PROPHET “

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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 , ” [15] 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, ” [45] 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. [47] 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, ”  [13] 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 ”  [2] 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, “[17] 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: [18] 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, [19] 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. [20] 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, “[35] Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands. [36] 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. [37] 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. [38] And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. [39] 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. [40] 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