Saturday of Holy Week: His dead body reposing in the tomb, Jesus’ divine spirit and human soul delivers the “Good News” to the “captives”.


HOLY SATURDAY – The body of Jesus is in the tomb but His soul is among the dead to announce the kingdom.

The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear it will Live (John 5:25).

Consider what it must have been like for the dead in Sheol to awaken to the voice of Jesus!

Meanwhile The Disciples, heartbroken at the death of Jesus, observed the Jewish Sabbath in sorrow. They had forgotten the promise of Jesus that He would rise.

We cannot forget His promise. We cannot forget. Tonight in our parishes after sundown we gather for the Great Easter Vigil where we will experience Jesus rising from the dead. We gather in darkness and light the Easter fire which reminds us that Jesus is light in the darkness. He is the light of the world.

We enter into the church and attentively listen to Bible stories describing God’s saving work of the past.

Suddenly, the church lights are lit and the Gloria is sung as we celebrate the moment of Christ’s resurrection. He Lives! In the joy of the resurrection we then celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist for our Catechumens and Candidates who have prepared for many weeks for this night.

As a Church we sing Alleluia for the first time in forty days. Do everything you can to be present on this evening and invite friends and family to join. Our Vigil ushers in an Easter joy that never ends!

Isaiah 61:1-3  The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me: he hath sent me to preach to the meek, to heal the contrite of heart, and to preach a release to the captives, and deliverance to them that are shut up. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God: to comfort all that mourn: To appoint to the mourners of Zion, and to give them a crown for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, a garment of praise for the spirit of grief: and they shall be called in it the mighty ones of justice, the planting of the Lord to glorify him.

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His Gospel was about light, so why do Christians preach about sacrifice when Jesus did no such thing?

Q: His Gospel was about light, so why do Christians preach about sacrifice when Jesus did no such thing?

A: Jesus also explained that he came to lay down his life, so we might be saved. Sacrifice was Jesus’ primary purpose. It was the fulfillment of hundreds of Bible prophecies, and the essential theme of all the Old Testament scriptures.

Malachai 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.

Without Jesus’ atoning death we would all still be eternally enslaved to Satan, sin, and death, crushed under Satan’s evil dominion, and we would have never even heard of the Kingdom of God.

And since Jesus is the only sacrifice that is truly acceptable to God the Father, it’s not surprising that he expressed his distain for typical sacrifices … especially the mite infested doves and the poor quality livestock that was then being sold for that purpose, at the Temple in Jerusalem.

Without Jesus’ one time, once for all, perfect and eternal sacrifice on the cross, which is and will be re-presented until the end of time at every Catholic Mass, precisely as Jesus commanded … there would be no light … no hope … and no salvation.

Anyone who fails to understand this most essential matter is not likely to understand much of anything else about the authentic Christian faith.

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Question for Christians: What did Jesus mean by this?

Q: Question for Christians: What did Jesus mean by this?

Luke 17:20 The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, “People can’t observe the coming of the kingdom of God.
Luke 17:21 They can’t say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ You see, the kingdom of God is within you.”

If you are a Christian and are waiting for Jesus to suddenly appear in the clouds why so if he stated clearly that the Kingdom would not come in such a way to be seen?

More importantly what do you think he means that the Kingdom of God is within us?

                 

A: The Kingdom of God exists anytime and anywhere the Holy Spirit accepts an invitation to indwell a human soul.

When Jesus returns, the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God will merge, for eternity … and then God will be all in all.

Will many Christians ever get past salvation and into understanding the kingdom of God?

Q: Will many Christians ever get past salvation and into understanding the kingdom of God?

A: Catholics “got past” mere salvation around 1600 years ago.

That’s probably why so many protestants seem to have such a hard time figuring what Catholics believe … and why.

The simple fact is, once baptized, works DO matter, since the foundation of the Kingdom of God is not built on good intentions, but on the heroic works of Jesus Christ, and all those who, according to his grace, choose to know, love, and faithfully follow him.

Which church is the only true church on earth?

Q: Which church is the only true church on earth?

A: The true Church is the one that Jesus Christ personally founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed, while he still walked the earth.

The true Church remains one, holy, universal, and apostolic to this day, as it will remain until the end of time.

 The true Church is both a supernatural institution that remains a “pilgrim” on the earth, and the Kingdom of God, made up of all the faithful “People of God”.

The true Church was first established in Jerusalem by the apostles, on Pentecost, courtesy of the Holy Spirit, and it was later established in Rome by St. Peter, around 42 AD. It has existed there continuously, ever since.

The true Church converted many of the local Jews and pagans for Christ, it converted the Roman emperor Constantine for Christ, it converted the Roman empire for Christ, and then went on to convert most of the known world for Christ.

The true Church saved the world after the fall of the Roman empire, stepping up to become the world’s only effective government, during some of the worst times the world has ever seen.

The true Church eventually rebuilt western civilization, in the image of Heaven.

The true Church provided the scholarship, theology, law, and philosophy that forms the basis for our present western system of law, justice, and higher education.

The true Church is still converting the world, one soul at a time, while giving correct praise and proper worship to God, 24/7 and 365, every hour of every day, all around the globe, as it will continue to do, until the end of time.

The true Church … because there is only one … incorporates within it all of the Orthodox Churches, and all of the authentically Christian denominations … whether they know it … or whether they agree with it … or not.

The true Church has Jesus as CEO, and the Holy Spirit as its’ full-time advocate and constant arbiter of all divine truth.

The true Church is the authentic earthly distributor of all God’s grace, truth, and salvation.

The true Church miraculously manages to carry on while populated, governed, and staffed by some who are heinous sinners, some who are corrupt officials, and some who are deviant criminals.

At the same time, the true Church remains the spiritual “homeland” of countless holy priests and blessed souls, some presently alive on earth, and some already dwelling eternally in heaven.

The true Church looks forward to the imminent return of Jesus Christ, the Judgment of all mankind, and the life of the world to come.

The true Church has been known as Catholic, since at least 107 AD.

What’s the Deal On Papal Infallibility?

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First of all … there’s absolutely no doubt about the fact that St. Peter was the leader of the Church,
and that he was the unanimous choice of both Jesus and his Father:

Mat 16:15 Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? 
Mat 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood
hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.

This was followed immediately by the following divine promise, which in terms of absolute power and authority, is unprecedented in power and scope … even when compared to the Old Testament promises that God made
to Abraham, Israel, Moses, and others:

Mat 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this Rock I will build my church,
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven:
and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

The simple fact is … when God himself promises you the “Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven”
and he backs it up with the his personal assurance that he will back whatever decisions
you make, even so far as translating your earthly decisions into heavenly laws …
that’s about as INFALLIBLE as ANYONE can ever get!
This doesn’t mean everything the Pope says is without error,
or that the Pope is incapable of error, or sin.
It does mean that when the Pope sees a need, as the leader of the whole Church,
to make a definitive statement regarding faith and/or morals,
he can invoke this divine mandate, and speak his mind,
knowing that even if he is WRONG, God will keep up his end of the deal,
and somehow make it right! 
In actual practice, throughout the 2000 year history of the Catholic Church,
the Pope has invoked this power of infallibility twice … or only about once every thousand years.And for the die hard critics out there … this power is nothing new.
Even the corrupt high priest Caiphus,
who convicted Jesus of blasphemy and sent him to Pilate, to be sentenced to death,
had the official power and the absolute right to speak infallibly … and he did.
Infallibility … the divine power to prophesy, if you will … has been with us for a long, long time.
Virtually all the Old Testament prophets and priests had it, 
so why shouldn’t the God-appointed leader
 of the grace empowered New Covenant Christian Church have it … even more? 
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The third time Jesus appeared to the apostles after the resurrection,
Jesus personally presided at St. Peter’s official “swearing-in” ceremony.
Note the triple scrutiny (3rd appearance of Christ, 3 affirmations of Peter’s faith and love, 3 divine commands):

Joh 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to his disciples, after he was risen from the dead.
Joh 21:15 When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these?
He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.
Joh 21:16 He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.
Joh 21:17 He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee.
He said to him: Feed my sheep.

And just so there wouldn’t be any misconceptions about “power and glory” this time, Jesus immediately explained to St. Peter that the only earthly reward Peter would ultimately receive
would be imprisonment and death: 
  
Joh 21:18 Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst.
But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands,
and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.
Joh 21:19 And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God.
And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.

All of this was done in light of the eternal nature
of the one, holy, apostolic, and Catholic Church that Jesus founded,
for the express purpose of our salvation, that would endure until the end of time:

Mat 28:16 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
Mat 28:17 And seeing him they adored: but some doubted.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

A Church that would last until the end of time would no doubt need to have
an enduring structure, along with Spirit anointed leadership and government.
The hierarchical government of the Catholic Church
is based on what we know of the hierarchical structure of Heaven:

Act 20:28 Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops,
to rule the Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Act 20:29 I know that after my departure ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30 And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

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