So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, February 27, 2015

A meditation on the Apostles' Creed.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, 
The God of Catholics is none other than the most Holy Trinity, One God in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christians are baptized into this Faith. God, first revealed in the covenant with our Jewish brothers and sisters, made Himself known to all people through His only-begotten Son.
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
God loves us; He loves each one of us. That love offers us the greatest freedom and joy because God promises to raise up to eternal life all those who trust in Him and trust in the one whom He sent to redeem us: Jesus Christ. This Jesus was born of Mary, the Mother of God and our mother (John 19:25-27).
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini!
The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became man. The Word became flesh and dwelled among us. He still dwells among us. Jesus is alive! During this Lenten season, by confessing our sins and trusting in God's mercy, meditating on the Passion and embracing God's will and disposing ourselves to God's grace, we are renewed in relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, the sole mediator between God and Man because He is Himself true God and true man, the way, the truth and the life. Jesus understands our hopes and joys, sorrows and sufferings.
Lent focusses us into Jesus death on a cross. By entering into Jesus' journey to the cross we discover He has entered into our suffering. Lent is the time during which we lend anew God our hearts. Each one of us is aging, slowly approaching the gateway of death through which all one day must pass.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus from the Father to enliven all who dwell in the Lord. The Spirit receives our prayers and purifies them. In the Holy Spirit there is true joy, peace and love, the love that conquers all useless fear and transforms the believer into a bearer of Christ to the world. The world needs the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
the holy catholic Church,
The true Church is Catholic. To be Catholic is to belong to the true Church. The true Church was founded by Jesus Christ on Saint Peter, the first pope of the universal Church.
the communion of saints,
We belong to a community of the redeemed: the Church Militant, the Church on earth; the Church Suffering, the Church undergoing final purgation of venial sin in Purgatory; and the Church Triumphant, those who dwell with the Lord in heaven. This magnificent communion transcends time and space. 
In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we become acutely aware that we are not alone. Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra gloria tua. We are surrounded by and immersed in the glorious communion we call the communion of saints. Our dear departed brothers and sisters in purgatory need our prayers. We on earth need the prayers of the saints in heaven.
the forgiveness of sins,
The Sacrament of Penance is the greatest hope we can offer the world. In the Sacrament, Christ forgives all sin. Freed of the burden of sin, knowing that the Father consigns our sins to oblivion, there is joy to love and serve God and neighbour with renewed zeal for the salvation of souls.
the resurrection of the body,
One day, known to God, we will be reunited with our bodies. Our bodies will be risen bodies, no longer subject to disease, pain nor subject to death, for Christ has conquered death. The first fruits of Christ's redemption can be seen in the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heaven.
and life everlasting.
And we will reside with the Lord, living in His endless light, meeting God face to face, adoring Him for eternity with His angels and His saints.
Amen, indeed! So be it!

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