So there we have it!!
IT IS SO GOOD!!
Paragraph 1113 says, “There are seven sacraments in the Church…”
THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRIST
They are ALL instituted by Jesus Christ, our Lord
Paragraph 1115 says, “Jesus’ words and actions during his hidden life and public ministry were already salvific, for they anticipated the power of his Paschal mystery. They announced and prepared what he was going to give the Church when all was accomplished. The mysteries of Christ’s life are the foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the sacraments, through the ministers of his Church, for ‘what was visible in our Savior has passed over into his mysteries.’”
Jesus’ teachings and healings were ALREADY SALVIFIC because they are connected and anticipated the power of the Paschal mystery, His suffering, death, and Resurrection
When we encounter and participate in the Sacraments we are NOT JUST REMEMBERING
The ANAMNESIS is a remembrance that BRINGS US THERE
We are given the Holy Spirit and it is MADE PRESENT TO US
The mysteries of Christ’s life are made VISIBLE TO US IN THE SACRAMENTS
St. Ambrose said, “You show me your face, O Lord. I have seen you in the Sacraments. I have seen your action. I have seen your work. I have seen your life, your love. I have seen this power in the Sacraments.”
The Sacraments are the POWER that comes forth from the Body of Christ
They are the actions of the Holy Spirit that work IN AND THROUGH THE CHURCH
THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!
Some people will say that the Sacraments were not always around in the early Church, like Reconciliation
They DID have Reconciliation in the Early Church
They did not have it exactly the same way that we have it today
They didn’t necessarily have confessionals or rubrics
They did have the sacrament in ITS GERMINAL FORM
It was given to the Apostles when Jesus says, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Those whose sins you hold bound are held bound. Those whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.”
It’s already been handed over
James Ch 5 talks about calling for the priests of the Church and by their work, sins will be forgiven
THE SEEDS ARE THERE!!
Paragraph 1117 says, “As she has done for the canon of Sacred Scripture and for the doctrine of the faith, the Church, by the power of the Spirit who guides her ‘into all truth,’ has gradually recognized this treasure received from Christ and, as the faithful steward of God’s mysteries, has determined its ‘dispensation.’”
We didn’t have a comprehensive list of ALL 73 Books of the Old and New Testament
When did the Church OFFICIALLY compile this list?
Church councils like Council of Rome in 350 AD and the Council of Carthage in 398 AD
So it’s OVER THE COURSE OF TIME
Also when it comes to doctrine, the Nicene Creed, etc.
OVER THE COURSE OF TIME what has been given to us in this Deposit of Faith is how we come to a DEEPER UNDERSTANDING of it
Not just with SCRIPTURE
Not just with DOCTRINE
ALSO WITH OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE SACRAMENTS!!
What we understand NOW is not necessarily what they knew THEN
IT IS AN ORGANIC GROWTH!!
THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!!
The acorn becomes the oak tree
The acorn does not become corn
Organic growth is ESSENTIAL
That is what we see in Scripture, Doctrine, and the development of the Sacraments as we understand them
HOPE THAT MAKES SENSE!!
Paragraph 1119 says, “Through Baptism and Confirmation the priestly people is enabled to celebrate the liturgy…”
If you have been Baptized you have been anointed to share in Christ’s PRIESTHOOD, PROPHETSHIP, and KINGSHIP
THAT IS SO IMPORTANT!!
THE KINGDOM PRIESTHOOD
Paragraph 1120 says, “The ordained ministry or ministerial priesthood is at the service of the baptismal priesthood.”
The ORDAINED priests are not meant to LORD OVER the lay faithful
Just like Jesus telling his Apostles
The GREATEST OF ALL is the one who makes themselves THE SERVANT OF ALL
The ministerial priests are meant to be AT THE SERVICE of the Baptismal priesthood
Of course, we help each other as the family of God
We take care of each other
We serve each other
Priests are NOT lords
Priests are SERVANT LEADERS
Priests are meant to be FATHERS
The father is not meant to dominate his family
The father is not meant to lord it over his family
The father is there to LEAD HIS FAMILY
How does he do this?
He does this by laying down his life for his family
He does this by serving his family
EVERY FATHER IS THE SERVANT OF HIS FAMILY!!
THAT IS A GIFT!!
Priests are meant to be the same
They are meant to lay down their lives and be at the service of the Baptismal priesthood
The ordained priesthood is SO IMPORTANT
Paragraph 1120 continues, “The ordained priesthood guarantees that it is really Christ who acts in the sacraments through the Holy Spirit for the Church.”
Jesus passed that on
The saving mission that the Father entrusted to the Son was committed to the Apostles and then to their successors
Remember what Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so now I send you.”
He breathes on them and sends them out for forgiveness of sins
He gives them the ability to confect the Eucharist
As part of the Body of Christ, the Sacraments come to us by Jesus in the Power of the Holy Spirit
They come to us through the ministry of the ordained priesthood
ALL OF THE FAITHFUL participate in them through their Baptismal priesthood
Tomorrow we will talk about THE SACRAMENTS OF FAITH
Then THE SACRAMENTS OF SALVATION
Then THE SACRAMENTS OF ETERNAL LIFE
IT IS ALL COMING IN HOT!!
WHAT A GIFT!!
Here you are able to exercise your Baptismal priesthood united with the priest in your parish
Here we are, a priestly people, able to offer sacrifice to the Father in the Power of the Holy Spirit
The great Sacrifice of the Son of God
WE UNITE OURSELVES TO THAT SACRIFICE!!
Hope that makes sense!!
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!