Read The Cat 0716-0770May 24th, 2012 | Posted by in Podcast
Now, with paragraph 272 we move onto the person of Jesus Christ. The importance of Christ having the anointing of the Father’s Spirit from the moment of incarnation is critical to understanding the second chapter of the Creed. In the Gospels and throughout his life and ministry Christ continually alludes to the Spirit, but it is only when the hour has arrived for his glorification that Jesus promises the coming of the Holy Spirit. Just before Jesus’ death, he commends his spirit to God so that upon his raising from the dead and glorification by God, he might give the disciples his spirit through breathing upon them and the disciples who are the church are given the mission to be sent forth just as God the father sent Jesus.
The Holy Spirit: Through the holy spirit we are given God’s love. The love of God is what takes us, wounded, dead, or in many cases at least mostly dead, and gives us not only forgiveness, but new life. Paragraph 734: we are restored to the moment of baptism, “the divine likeness lost through sin.” The Spirit also imparts to us what are known as the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – you may remember these from Confirmation prep. Finally the spirit works with the Church in a number of ways: preparing and giving grace to those who will draw close to Christ, manifesting the risen Lord to the faithful, recalling the words of Christ and opening minds to understand the Death and Resurrection of Christ, and finally the Spirit makes present and brings to communion with God those who will bear much fruit. The mission of the Church is not anything in addition to the missions of Christ and the Holy Spirit, but instead the Church is the mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit… Click on the page numbers below to continue reading.