16th Sep 2015 Full of splendour & majesty his work, his saving justice stands firm for ever

Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Word of God and Wisdom of God, it is in Christ alone that we are saved, Jesus Christ the founder and head of the Catholic Church

Psalm 110(111):1 – 4 “Alleluia! I give thanks to Yahweh with all my heart, in the meeting-place of honest people, in the assembly. Great are the deeds of Yahweh, to be pondered by all who delight in them. Full of splendour and majesty his work, his saving justice stands firm for ever. He gives us a memorial of his great deeds; Yahweh is mercy and tenderness.”

Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ and to God the Father and to the Holy Spirit who proceeds from them both. Thanks be to the Lord God of Hosts, for His great love and mercy, for saving us and calling us to join in the worship and adoration and praise given Him by His Saints and His Holy Angels in Heaven. The verses taken from the Book of Psalms are a prayer of gratitude, recalling the Lord’s mercy and great works. Important for us Christians to constantly remember the times the Lord has been with us on our journey and history of Salvation as the Church – the Body of Christ and each of us its members.

The greatest mystery about the History of Salvation, the Church and the Faith is the mystery of the One who calls us to be His disciples and His children. God is a mystery, God is the Holy Trinity One God who is a mystery Himself. God the Father is a mystery, and Jesus Christ His Son is also a mystery, and it is Jesus Christ the Son who comes to reveal to us the Father’s love, and the Holy Spirit is a mystery also, and the Holy Spirit is sent to teach and guide us in the teachings and ways of the Lord Jesus Christ to encourage us and remind us of the love of God the Father made visible in the very Person of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hence we can see in the following verse from St. Paul’s first epistle to St. Timothy about the mystery of Faith – the mystery of the Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Timothy 3:16 “Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed: He was made visible in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.”

To know the Lord, to encounter God, begins with a call from the Lord, and then it is our choice based on free will which is God’s gift to us; how do we want to respond to God’s invitation? The better choice is this, to accept God’s message for what it really is, to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father; for the Word of God is powerful, the Name of Jesus Christ the Eternal Word of God and Son of God is the most powerful and the holy Name, the Name of Jesus Christ, has power to perform miracles and to heal bodies and souls among those who of us who are believers, as St. Paul writes in his first letter to the Thessalonians,

1 Thessalonians 2:13 “Another reason why we continually thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the word that we brought you as God’s message, you welcomed it for what it really is, not the word of any human being, but God’s word, a power that is working among you believers.”

I can attest to that as I have seen personally and also heard of people who have been healed in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, when they undergo the anointing of the sick by Priests, or are prayed over during a Prayer session or because intercessory prayers were made during Mass or a Novena for the one who requested prayers. Thinking about these times of suffering, it is a challenge for every Christian, when we have to undergo suffering, and when the going gets tough and being Christian is not safe and not the popular choice, would each of us continue to walk with the Lord and remain with the Lord like St. Peter and the other Apostles and those disciples who chose to continue as we see in the following verses from St. John’s Gospel shortly after many of Jesus’ followers deserted Him because they did not accept His teaching of eating His Body and drinking His blood during the earlier revelations of the Eucharistic celebration He came to institute,

John 6:67 – 69 “Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.’”

Truly, the people living during the time of Jesus’ public ministry also were divided over whether He is the Messiah and Son of God or just a great Teacher and Prophet and miracle-worker; some of the religious authorities out of jealousy tried to frame Jesus Christ, which is what their ancestors also did to the holy Prophets of God, so they in their turn did it to Jesus Christ the Messiah and to St. John the Baptist who was sent as Christ’s precursor as we see in the following verses taken from St. Luke’s Gospel,

Luke 7:33 – 35 “’For John the Baptist has come, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, “He is possessed.” The Son of man has come, eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.’”

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Eternal Word of God, Wisdom of God, Power of God, gives humanity a new way to relate with God and with each other. If we accept the Lord and His teachings we relate to God no longer as slaves but as His children; and we relate to each other no longer as a divided people between Jew or Gentile, Greek or Roman or other peoples, but we are now One united People of God, the Church, which is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

Jesus Christ is the Head of this Church, for He founded it on His Apostles, and another mystery is this – that the Church is still around despite being persecuted throughout its over two millennium worth of history. We continue to exist long after the Apostles returned home to the Lord and many of them died for the Lord Jesus Christ and the Church. There are many martyrs throughout the history of the Church who have returned home to the Lord having the honour of dying due to persecution because they are the disciples and brethren of Jesus Christ, and this includes Catechumens preparing to enter the Catholic Faith, lay Catholic men and women, Religious brothers and sisters, members of the Clergy including Deacons, Priests and Bishops including some who held the office of Bishop of Rome – the Pope. The fact that the Church has existed through the ages in spite of persecution, still staying true to the teachings of Jesus Christ in loving God and loving all humanity, and with miracles and healings continuing to be worked by the Lord through the Sacraments and the Mass He instituted, show clearly some of the signs that the Lord is still with us today.

Jesus Christ is one with God the Father, together with the Holy Spirit, He existed before all time with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and He will be there at the end of time with the Father and the Holy Spirit, with those who are citizens of God’s kingdom being with the Lord till the end of time. So why not start storing treasures for yourselves in Heaven, start depending on the Lord and build up your relationship with the Lord?

Let us glorify God the Father, in the words our Saviour Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.