Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
Our Lord? That’s right our Lord, as in our God, and also our king. God is always draped in mystery. To be honest with you our faith as Catholics is draped in mystery. There are many examples, such as the Trinity, the Eucharist and so on, but can I tell you something? This is just a fancy way of saying, we don’t know. You can’t explain a mystery; you have to figure it out. Sometimes, the answers are quite simple and sometimes they’re complicated. You know, it’s the simple ones we have problems with. We expect the answers to these mysteries to be complicated and exhaustive, when the truth is that they’re so simple…they’re staring us right in the face! The problem is, is that we can’t see or understand because we are trying to figure things out on our own. Divine understanding requires divine help, usually in the form of the Holy Spirit. It’s always good to pray and ask for understanding with help from the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the one that gives power of interpretation, wisdom and understanding in these matters. We also need faith, for it is faith that helps us to believe. So do we believe that Jesus is our Lord, our God? The question of why should have been answered at Christmas time. Um, we do believe Jesus is God right? This could be tough to digest, but imagine you’re a super hero with fantastic powers, and you have to give up those powers willingly. Because you’re formless you have to take on a form (you don’t want to be scaring the daylight out of people), so you choose a human form. You are now human and vulnerable. You have to go through human stages of life to experience all the things humans experience, birth, growth and development, being cared for, being taught and so forth. As you develop, you realize that you are a physical manifestation of a whole, bigger being, and you must empty yourself completely for this bigger being who you are a part of to be able to manifest its power through you, allowing that being’s power source (the Holy Spirit) to flow through you. So you are an individual, but you are part of the bigger being, sharing thoughts, emotions, the Holy Spirit, etc. Pray about it.
Until next time… remember to pray for our pastor. Love ya! Deacon Phil