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About Jesus Christ, Saviour of The World!
( John 1:9 ) The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.
( John 8:12; ) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Christ enlightens the world with truth as the golden candelabras illuminated the Temple courts with fire during the feast of Tabernacles.
Jesus is standing in the “treasury” near the Court of Women ( John 8:20 ) precisely where the lamp-lighting ceremony was recently conducted. OT verses prepare the way for Jesus ( Exodus 13:21 ), ( Psalm 119:105 ). ( Isaiah 42:6; 49:6 ) call Israel to be a light to the nations.
ON THE UNICITY AND SALVIFIC UNIVERSALITY
OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE CHURCH
1. The Lord Jesus, before ascending into heaven, commanded his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world and to baptize all nations: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk 16:15-16); “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world” (Mt 28:18-20; cf. Lk 24:46-48; Jn 17:18,20,21; Acts 1:8).Jesus Christ, Saviour
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON
JESUS CHRIST THE REDEEMER
. . .on the occasion of the Holy Year, to disseminate far and wide the better knowledge and love of Jesus Christ by teaching, persuading, exhorting, if perchance our voice can be heard; and this, not so much to those who are ever ready to listen willingly to Christian teachings, but to those most unfortunate men who, whilst professing the Christian name, live strangers to the faith and love of Christ. For these we feel the profoundest pity: these above all would we urge to think seriously of their present life and what its consequences will be if they do not repent.
3. The greatest of all misfortunes is never to have known Jesus Christ: yet such a state is free from the sin of obstinacy and ingratitude. But first to have known Him, and afterwards to deny or forget Him, is a crime so foul and so insane that it seems impossible for any man to be guilty of it. For Christ is the fountain – head of all good. Mankind can no more be saved without His power, than it could be redeemed without His mercy. “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved” (Acts iv, 12). What kind of life that is from which Jesus Christ, “the power of God and the wisdom of God,” is excluded; what kind of morality and what manner of death are its consequences, can be clearly learnt from the example of nations deprived of the light of Christianity. If we but recall St. Paul’s description (Romans i., 24-32) of the mental blindness, the natural depravity, the monstrous superstitions and lusts of such peoples, our minds will be filled with horror and pity. What we here record is well enough known, but not sufficiently realised or thought about. Pride would not mislead, nor indifference enervate, so many minds, if the Divine mercies were more generally called to mind and if it were remembered from what an abyss Christ delivered mankind and to what a height He raised it. The human race, exiled and disinherited, had for ages been daily hurrying into ruin, involved in the terrible and numberless ills brought about by the sin of our first parents, nor was there any human hope of salvation, when Christ Our Lord came down as the Saviour from Heaven. At the very beginning of the world, God had promised Him as the conqueror of “the Serpent,” hence, succeeding ages had eagerly looked forward to His coming. The Prophets had long and clearly declared that all hope was in Him. The varying fortunes, the achievements, customs, laws, ceremonies and sacrifices of the Chosen People had distinctly and lucidly foreshadowed the truth, that the salvation of mankind was to be accomplished in Him who should be the Priest, Victim, Liberator, Prince of Peace, Teacher of all Nations, Founder of an Eternal Kingdom. By all these titles, images and prophecies, differing in kind though like in meaning, He alone was designated who “for His exceeding charity wherewith He loved us,” gave Himself up for our salvation. And so, when the fullness of time came in God’s Divine Providence, the only-begotten Son of God became man, and in behalf of mankind made most abundant satisfaction in His Blood to the outraged majesty of His Father and by this infinite price He redeemed man for His own. “You were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver . . . but with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb, unspotted and undefiled” (1 Peter i., 18-19). Thus all men, though already subject to His Kingly power, inasmuch as He is the Creator and Preserver of all, were over and above made His property by a true and real purchase. “You are not your own: for you are bought with a great price” (2 Corinthians vi, 19-20). Hence in Christ all things are made new. “The mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed to Him, in the dispensation of the fullness of times to re-establish all things in Christ” (Ephesians i., 9-10). When Jesus Christ had blotted out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, fastening it to the cross, at once God’s wrath was appeased, the primeval fetters of slavery were struck off from unhappy and erring man, God’s favour was won back, grace restored, the gates of Heaven opened, the right to enter them revived, and the means afforded of doing so. Then man, as though awakening from a long-continued and deadly lethargy, beheld at length the light of the truth, for long ages desired, yet sought in vain. First of all, he realised that he was born to much higher and more glorious things than the frail and inconstant objects of sense which had hitherto formed the end of his thoughts and cares. He learnt that the meaning of human life, the supreme law, the end of all things was this: that we come from God and must return to Him. From this first principle the consciousness of human dignity was revived: men’s hearts realised the universal brotherhood: as a consequence, human rights and duties were either perfected or even newly created, whilst on all sides were evoked virtues undreamt of in pagan philosophy. Thus men’s aims, life, habits and customs received a new direction. As the knowledge of the Redeemer spread far and wide and His power, which destroyeth ignorance and former vices, penetrated into the very life-blood of the nations, such a change came about that the face of the world was entirely altered by the creation of a Christian civilisation. The remembrance of these events, Venerable Brethren, is full of infinite joy, but it also teaches us the lesson that we must both feel and render with our whole hearts gratitude to our Divine Saviour. Jesus Christ, Redeemer
Ioannes Paulus PP. II
1990 12 07
“No one comes to the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6)
5. If we go back to the beginnings of the Church, we find a clear affirmation that Christ is the one Savior of all, the only one able to reveal God and lead to God. In reply to the Jewish religious authorities who question the apostles about the healing of the lame man, Peter says: “By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well…. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10, 12). This statement, which was made to the Sanhedrin, has a universal value, since for all people-Jews and Gentiles alike – salvation can only come from Jesus Christ.
The universality of this salvation in Christ is asserted throughout the New Testament. St. Paul acknowledges the risen Christ as the Lord. He writes: “Although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth – as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’ – yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist” (1 Cor 8:5-6). One God and one Lord are asserted by way of contrast to the multitude of “gods” and “lords” commonly accepted. Paul reacts against the polytheism of the religious environment of his time and emphasizes what is characteristic of the Christian faith: belief in one God and in one Lord sent by God.
In the Gospel of St. John, this salvific universality of Christ embraces all the aspects of his mission of grace, truth and revelation: the Word is “the true light that enlightens every man” (Jn 1:9). And again, “no one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known” (Jn 1:18; cf. Mt 11:27). God’s revelation becomes definitive and complete through his only-begotten Son: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom he also created the world” (Heb 1:1-2; cf. Jn 14:6). In this definitive Word of his revelation, God has made himself known in the fullest possible way. He has revealed to mankind who he is. This definitive self-revelation of God is the fundamental reason why the Church is missionary by her very nature. She cannot do other than proclaim the Gospel, that is, the fullness of the truth which God has enabled us to know about himself.
Christ is the one mediator between God and mankind: “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth” (1 Tm 2:5-7; cf. Heb 4:14-16). No one, therefore, can enter into communion with God except through Christ, by the working of the Holy Spirit. Christ’s one, universal mediation, far from being an obstacle on the journey toward God, is the way established by God himself, a fact of which Christ is fully aware. Although participated forms of mediation of different kinds and degrees are not excluded, they acquire meaning and value only from Christ’s own mediation, and they cannot be understood as parallel or complementary to his Jesus Christ, Mediator
Davidic Thanksgiving Liturgy
The Shepherd Psalm
The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside still waters.
He restoreth my soul
He leadeth me in paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.
Psalm 23 is traditionally sung by some Jewish Traditions at the third Shabbat meal on Saturday afternoon.
Psalm 23 in the Christian tradition: “The Lord is my Shepherd” is an image of God, Jesus, and David.
Comments on Psalm 23
Loyalty and devotion of the Shepherd – first supplies the sheep with more than everything it needs.
In quietness and peace, the sheep are refreshed and revived. . . He leads me (Isaiah 49:10) (Luke 15:1-7).
He keeps sheep from straying on the wrong path (Isaiah 30:21). For His namesake – the Good Shepherd will not be false to Himself.
In the midst of danger the Shepherd banishes fear (fear the way we die).
I walk… hard going and drudgery in this life – this shadowy valley.
I dwell… if it pleases God, in good time, I will dwell with you forever.
The Good Shepherd has brought His flock home, (temple?) to a table at journey’s end.
The Good Shepherd is saying in effect – this man is my friend and will banquet and dwell with me forever – the evildoers will remain outside the gate.
The sheep is under the protection of the Divine Host. God cares and tenderly gives more of Himself. . . He anoints with oil. . . is loving. (sometimes shepherds rubbed healing oils into the fleece of sheep at journeys end) There is no lack of good things… my cup runneth over.
The past is a prophesy of the future… he shall continue as guest in the house of the Lord forever.
The Good Shepherd has guided the sheep on paths that lead right to the source of life, peace, and happiness, and keep it from straying into wrong paths (John 10:4).
Spiritualize the material world – rod and staff: Staff – gentle disciplines that keep us going on the right path (John 14:6).
( New Testament ) Rod – aggressively reject evil from our minds and hearts as we answered at the Sacrament of Baptism . . . Do you reject Satan? Answer: We do.
The Bible on Jesus Christ
“No one,” the Apostle admonishes us, “can lay other
foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ”
(1 Cor 3,11 ).
It is Christ alone “whom the Father sanctified and sent into this
world” (Jn 10,36), “the splendor of the Father and the image of His
substance” (Heb 1,3), true God and true man: without whom nobody
can know God with the knowledge for salvation, “neither doth anyone
know the Father but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son
to reveal Him” (Mt 11,27).
The Saints on Jesus Christ
“…Without interruption, therefore, let us
persevere by our hope and by the guarantee of our righteousness,
which is Jesus Christ, who bore our sins in His own body on the
tree ( 1 Peter 2:24 ), who did no sin, nor was deceit found in His
mouth ( 1 Peter 2:22 ); but for our sake, that we might live in
Him, He endured all things…”
Saint Polycarp ( 69-155 A.D. )
“…By the death of One the world was redeemed. For
Christ, had He willed, need not have died, but He neither thought
that death should be shunned as though there were any cowardice in
it, nor could He have saved us better than by dying. And so His
death is the life of all…”
Saint Ambrose ( 340-397 A.D. ), Bishop of Milan.
“… Christ, therefore is one, perfect God and
perfect man: and Him we worship along with the father and the
Spirit, with one obeisance, adoring even his immaculate flesh and
not holding that the flesh is not suited for worship: for in fact
it is worshiped in the one subsistence of the Word, which indeed
became subsistence for it. But in this we do not do homage to that
which is created. For we worship Him, not as mere flesh, but as
flesh united with divinity, and because His two natures are brought
under the one person and one subsistence of God the Word. I fear to
touch coal because of the fire bound up with the wood. I worship
the twofold nature of Christ because of the divinity that is in Him
bound up with the flesh…”
( Saint John Damascus. )
The Catholic Church, Established by Jesus Christ
Traditionally, Our Birthday is Pentecost Sunday
The Catholic Church has Jewish roots,
and is the mystical body of Christ
( Acts 9:4-5 ) ( Romans 12: 4-5 ) ( 1 Corinthians 12:
12-27 ) ( Colossians 1: 18-24 ) ( John 10: 1-18, The Sheepfold.)
( Apocalypse 21, The New Jerusalem. ) ( Ephesians 5, The Bride. )
( 1 Peter 3: 18-22, The ark of Noe. )
Pentecost, the “fiftieth” day at the end of seven weeks following Passover. The Holy Spirit acts in the Church.
- Upper Room Events
- Apostles Act
- Thousands Convert
- Authorative Church
Four Centuries Year Later
Saint Jerome’s Latin Vulgate ( LV ) Bible of about 406 A.D. is written. The Creed is in process.
1000 years later
The Ecumenical Council of Florence ( 1440 A.D. ) about 100 years before The Ecumenical Council of Trent, lists the canon of the Bible. Since their was no compelling reason why it should, this council did not dogmatically define the canon of the Bible. Later, challenged by the 16th century Protestant reformers, the Ecumenical Council of Trent defined and made dogmatic the canon of the Bible. Trent reiterated what had already been taught for 1000 years, and Catholics use the same canon that St Jerome used in the Latin Vulgate ( LV ) of 406 A.D.
Enlightened by Grace and Faith we strive to have a habit of virtue. We strive to live a moral life, knowing that their are eternal consequences for our actions. We work for the salvation of our brothers and sisters. We accept the free gifts from God and say “Thank You.”
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