The Sixth Article of the Apostle’s Creed
October 28, 2014
” He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right of God, the Father Almighty “
I apologize for not posting on Catechesis as much lately. The mission of this site has not changed,if anything, it has been strengthened and galvanized. Now, more than ever, it has become so glaringly obvious, that Catechesis in its most basic form, is so desperately needed. Not only is Catechesis needed for the lay faithful, or the potential convert or revert, but also for many, and I say many Catholic priests and their superiors. I will do my best to provide sound Catechesis on a regular basis. Please, print, copy, email, send whatever information from this site that you find useful for yourself, students, children, parents, priests, Bishops…… Use whatever you like from this site to help evangelize and catechize the population. Just give Canadian Catechist a little plug, that’s all I ask :-). And yes, I do use emoticons lol!!!
Once again, sorry for the delay in posting on Catechesis. I have had a couple of minor health issues that I have been dealing with lately. Nothing serious, but definitely enough to slow me down a bit. This month, I am also preparing for the thirty-day Ignatian retreat of the Spiritual Exercises. So please keep me in your prayers, I am going to need them. The Spiritual Exercises start on November first for myself and some of the other members of the Marian Catechist Apostolate who are working towards becoming Consecrated Marian Catechists. I hope others who read this site consider becoming Marian Catechists.
He ascended into Heaven
Let us begin with the first part of the article, “He ascended into Heaven“. Because of the fact that Jesus now has a glorified body ( which in itself, has many amazing characteristics ), he was able to ascend into Heaven by use of His human power, as well as His Divine power. Jesus ascended by His own power. He was not taken up into Heaven like Elias from the Old Testament here in 2 Kings 2: “And as they went on, walking and talking together, behold a fiery chariot, and fiery horses parted them both asunder: and Elias went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” So, we believe as it says in the Catechism of the Council of Trent that “ we believe that Christ ascended into Heaven as God and man by His own power.” You see, because Jesus now has a glorified body, he could travel at the behest of His soul. He could literally go wherever His Soul wished. We call this particular characteristic of a glorified body, “ Agility “. The agility that Jesus’ glorified body now has, gives him the ability to move at the speed of light at the command of the will. Their are some other really awesome characteristics that a glorified body has that I’m itching to tell you about, but they will have to wait until I post on the ” the eleventh article of the Apostle’s Creed “, which is coming soon!
Some may be wondering, or ask the question, ” why did Jesus go to Heaven” ? Why didn’t Jesus stay here? He could have stayed if He chose to as the God and man, right? To answer the last question first, Jesus is here as God and man, hidden under the species of bread and wine in every Catholic Church in the Holy Eucharist. To answer the question of why did Jesus go to Heaven. He told us exactly why He went in John 17: “But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. ” So, when He goes to Heaven, Jesus will send the Holy Ghost to help to strengthen and confirm the Apostle’s in their Faith. That is not all, their is another very important reason that Jesus went to Heaven. Also from the Gospel of John Chapter 14: ” In my Father’ s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be.” Jesus is going to prepare a place for His followers.
So far, just from this little bit of text from the sixth article of the Apostle’s Creed we have a lot of catechetical teaching. Their is more. Jesus didn’t go to Heaven alone, oh no, He brought others with Him! Who did He bring? He brought the souls of the just whom He had delivered from the limbo of the Fathers. Those whom He preached to when He “ descended into hell “. All the Old Testament Saints including Adam and Eve, St John the Baptist, St Samuel, St David…..went with the Most Glorious King of Heaven and Earth into Heaven that very day, exactly 40 days after His Resurrection.
We will cover more on this article of the Creed shortly…
May Almighty God Bless us all, and protect us from the World, the devil, and ourselves
The Third day He rose again from the dead!!!
August 24, 2014
Second part, of the Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed
We have talked, actually typed and hopefully read, wink wink, much of what has been written on this blog about Our Dear Lord and His life and death. Now we need to look at the true historical event that took place on that First Easter Sunday! I have to say, I love meditating on the Glorious Mysteries of Our Lord and Lady’s Holy Rosary, especially on this mystery in particular ; Jesus’ Resurrection. In the words on Father Fernbeck, ” can you just imagine, ” seeing Our Blessed Lord’s resurrection, actually seeing Him come out of that tomb in His Glorified state at that ! It truly is a mystery worth meditating and praying on with much regularity. So, as I have stated here before, this blog deals with the TRUE TEACHINGS of The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and this part of the catechesis is also part of our Faith. I cannot stress with enough emphasis that Jesus’ Resurrection is not just a strict mystery, but a historical ,reasonable and credible, recorded event that can be substantiated and proved through the many historic documents and witness testimonies that are still available to us today. As St Paul saids in 1 Corinthian 15:” And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” We know, for a fact that Jesus truly raised Himself from the dead, by His own Divine Power because of the testimony of His disciples and the hundreds of other witnesses that saw Him. If you do not believe this, than no reasonable, sane person could ever believe in any recorded history or person that existed for that matter, that has ever been written about at almost anytime in history. We have much more historical, recorded history detailing about Jesus’ life death and resurrection than we do about any historian before or even after His time on earth including Josephus among the Jews, Caesar and Pliny among the Romans, and Herodotus and Thucydides, Plato and Aristotle among the Greeks. So, it is a very reasonable, historical and credible mystery, to believe in Our Lord and His Glorious Resurrection. One other historical, recorded proof just amazes and adds tremendous credibility to the truth of Our Lord’s Resurrection , is the fact of the willing, courageous martyrdom of 11 of the 12 Apostle’s and the many disciples and witnesses of Our Lord’s Resurrection . So many of the same Apostles and disciples who originally abandoned our Lord because of fear, most heroically went willing to their death for Him only after having seen Our Lord after He raised Himself from the dead. We know to this day where many of those Apostles and disciples are actually buried today! Yes, today, we can visit the Holy Relics of many of the first martyrs, many are in Rome at St Peters Basilica and all over Rome for that matter. People don’t willingly die for something they don’t believe in, they just don’t. Especially not the way so many of the disciples of Jesus did, who happily, joyfully, and willingly were martyred giving witness and true testimony to Our Risen Lord! We still have martyrs today, look at Syria and Iraq in particular, and please pray for our brothers and sisters in the middle east especially!
I will continue more on Jesus’ Resurrection shortly
May God Bless us and protect us from the world, ourselves and the devil
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
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
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