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1St. Mary Minooka Mission March 18, 2014 Why be Catholic?BASED ON THE BOOK“Made for More”by Curtis Martin
2Holy Spirit PrayerCome Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
3Review Why is Jesus called the Son of David? What was the role of the Prime Minister? What signs came with this role?What was the role of the Queen Mother?What does it mean for us to be part of the royal family?
4Who recognized Jesus as the Son of David? Elizabeth and John the Baptist in her womb (Luke 1:41-44)Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-38)Magi come from the East to honor the newborn king (Matthew 2:1-12)Even the demons acknowledge Him as the Messiah (Mark 1:23-26) “I know who you are, the Holy one of God!”What is odd is Jesus’ response to themReluctant kingOnly went to Jerusalem for religious celebrations and left quicklyPerformed miracles and told them to say nothing
5Jesus’ KingdomJesus came to establish His kingdom similar to David, but beyond our wildest hopes and dreamsKing, Queen Mother, Prime Minister – intended to support the profound internal transformation within each one of usKingdom will be sacramentalMystical, liturgical, incarnationalSacred oaths and ritual acts that communicate divine powerSymbolize what they do and do what they symbolizeGospel of John – Jesus’ public ministry is carefully linked to the liturgical feasts and Jewish holy days
6Three PassoversPassover was the most important Jewish holy day and it celebrated four great events1) Creation of the Universe2) Calling of the Patriarch Abraham3) Exodus led by Moses4) Coming of the Messiah (still waiting)Jesus had three years of public ministryLet’s look at what He did on each of the three Passovers during His public ministryHe established His New and Everlasting Covenant with us
71st Passover - Beginning of the Kingdom - Baptism John’s Gospel begins with Jesus’ baptismHe then performs His first public miracle at the wedding at CanaJohn highlights these miracles as “signs”, which point us to a deeper reality they signify (sign of Minooka is not Minooka)Sacrament – outward sign of an inward grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church.After the first “sign” at Cana, Jesus goes to Jerusalem for the first Passover.He reveals the first of the Sacraments he intends for His followers – baptism.
8Baptism (cont.)People believed in Jesus because of the signs He was performing, but faith was not enoughJesus says to Nicodemus: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)To enter the kingdom, we need faith and to be spiritually rebornJesus continues, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)And then Jesus and His disciples started baptizing others, so he was referring to baptism.
9Baptism (cont.)Baptism is the covenantal act by which we are reborn as adopted daughters and sons of GodSt. Peter – “Repent, and be baptized every one of you…” (Acts 2:38)St. Paul – “he saved us…by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit…” (Titus 3:4-7)Tertullian – 2nd century – Church has continued to teach the necessity of baptism – “no one can attain salvation without baptism”Three types of baptismWaterBloodDesireOrigin – 3rd century – “the Church received from the apostles the tradition of giving Baptism even to infants”Story of couple bringing their baby home from the hospital
102nd Passover – the Heart of the Kingdom - Eucharist Begins by feeding 5000 with a few loaves and fish (sign)This reminds the people of when God fed the people with manna from heaven through MosesThe people want to make Him king, but they are only seeing the wonders and not the signs.He wants to feed their starving souls with the EucharistJohn 6:48-57 – “I am the bread of life…which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you….”The people were confused and scandalized by this
11Eucharist (cont.)People begin to leave Jesus and He didn’t say, “Just kidding. Don’t take me literally!”He looks at those who are left and asks, “Do you want to leave me too?” John 6:67Peter, the Prime Minister, speaks with faith, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and come to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69)Peter understands the deeper reality – Jesus is the Holy One of GodHe trusts Jesus even if He doesn’t understand completelyThe Lord teaches me how to trust Him…The following year it will become crystal clear what Jesus meant by His body and bloodMy story of the Eucharist -
123rd Passover – the Mercy of the Kingdom – Reconciliation Jesus rides the donkey into Jerusalem (as did Solomon)Many people hail Him as king – “Hosanna in the highest” (Matthew 21:9) (‘hosanna’ is an expression of praise, adoration)This time instead of fleeing, Jesus accepts the throne, but in a way completely unexpectedHe condemns the religious leaders for hypocrisyHe predicts the destruction of the Temple (fulfilled in 70 A.D.)These do not seem to be prudent moves for someone who wanted to be popular politicallySome of the same people who cried “Hosanna” will soon be crying “Crucify him!” (Mark 15:13-14)
13Reconciliation (cont.) Before the angry crowds seize Jesus, He shares the Passover meal with His apostles (Last Supper)When Judas leaves to betray Him, Jesus says, “Now is the Son of man glorified, and in him God is glorified.” (John 13:31)This seems counterintuitive, but for us to experience all of what He has in store for us, Jesus first had to lay down His life for His Bride, the Church (you and me)Through His death and resurrection, the Sacraments of the New Covenant will receive their power.Jesus and the Father send their Holy Spirit“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bear much fruit.” (John 12:24)
14Reconciliation (cont.) Jesus is arrested, tried, tortured and crucifiedBut this is not the endJesus rises from the dead – Good News!As they first hear of the resurrection, His disciples must have felt horrible that they abandoned Him in His hour of needHow does Jesus respond when He first sees them, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19)No judgment – peaceJesus came to teach, to heal, to save us from sin, to reconcile the world to Himself, to build the kingdom and to extend the mercy of God on earth.
15Reconciliation (cont.) How can these sinful disciples carry out this mission given to them by God?“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:22-23)This fulfills Jesus’ words on Holy Thursday, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12)The Holy Spirit transforms us in a powerful wayJesus unites Himself to the apostles and us in an astonishing wayThey are no longer followers, but united to Jesus in a mystical way – they become extensions of Him
16Saved by Grace“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)Through the Sacraments and the Church, Jesus extends His life into the worldJesus makes Himself present today in the Sacraments and living through us. He gives us what we need every step of our lives in the Sacraments…Baptism – new life, receive the very life of Jesus (grace)Eucharist – nourished by His Body and BloodReconciliation – our sins our forgiven and we are strengthenedJesus accomplishes all of this through the Church
17Catholic - Christianity All other religions are about man seeking GodCatholic - Christianity is about God seeking each one of us in love through the ChurchEveryone is invited into this Kingdom, which is universal and everlastingWe must repent from our self-centered lives and turn to GodWe must believe that Jesus is the Holy One of God and that He has the words of everlasting life.We must be baptized so that we are grafted onto the vineWe must receive the Eucharist regularly (importance of Sunday Mass)We must confess our sins regularly (Catholics who confess are healthier)Becoming Christian means entering into the New and Everlasting Covenant
18Why be Catholic?The 7 Sacraments are personal encounters with Jesus Christ – we receive grace and the very life of JesusWe are united with the bishops, the successors to the apostles, who are united with the Pope, the Prime Minister, successor to Peter, who holds the keys to the Kingdom.We are under the care of our Queen Mother, Mary, who intercedes on our behalf constantly to the King.And we serve the King of the Universe, who loved us while we were yet sinners, who guides us home to Him, so that when we die we can go to our true home, heaven.
19Curtis Martin’s conversion story Chapter 6 is all about his conversion story“Curtis, you will never get your life in order enough to follow Jesus. What you need to do is give your life to Jesus right where you are, and let Him reorder it. Jesus is calling you into relationship, not merely to obedience.”Relationships inspire us; rules do notFall in love with the person of Jesus Christ, not just about the rules and regulationsDon’t just go through the motions of going to Mass and being “good”Invite Jesus into your heart and let Him transform you
20John Paul II - loveSoon to be Saint John Paul II - “Man cannot live without love…his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it.” (page )What does this look like with Jesus?Talk to Him like you talk to your best friendRead the ScripturesDevelop a heart for othersServe others by sacrificing your time and your desires
21Church FathersCurtis began to read Ignatius of Antioch, a disciple of St. JohnHe stressed things like the bishop and the Eucharist (page )Bishop Fulton Sheen – “There are not over a hundred people in the U.S. that hate the Catholic Church, there are millions however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church – which is, of course, quite a different thing.”Many lukewarm Catholics – Revelation 3:16 – “But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of my mouth.”
22Kingdom is a Mixed Reality Story of the enemy planting weeds in the field of wheatWorkers wanted to pull out the weeds, but the landowner forbids them, telling them to let them grow together and they will be separated at harvest timeThe Kingdom will have faithful and unfaithful members living side by side, and they will be separated in the endThe unfaithful members does not mean that the Church is invalid or we should run somewhere else; it is actually a characteristic of the Church
23Billy Graham & Mother Theresa Both devoted followers of Christ, had lives of prayer, accepted the Bible, brought Christ to othersOne was Protestant and one was CatholicHowever, Mother Theresa held the same beliefs as the Early Church Fathers – bishops, Eucharist (adoration each day)It is possible to be a faithful follower of Christ even if you don’t know all that He taught.But if you know something and deny it, then you are not being faithfulBilly Graham was a loyal disciple, but didn’t know that Jesus was truly present in the Eucharist. What he affirmed was true, but he didn’t affirm all the truth
24EucharistThere is no middle ground – either Jesus is truly present or He isn’tMother Theresa and so many others believed what the Early Church Fathers taught unanimously – it is truly the Body and Blood of JesusStory of Peggy A.Matthew 28:18-20 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe ALL that I have commanded you; and lo, I will be with you always, to the close of the age.”
25Do I accept ALL that Jesus taught? All Christians agree that Jesus said the Eucharist was His body, but we don’t all agree what He meantWas He speaking figuratively or literallyUnanimous testimony of the early Christians was that His words were to be taken literallyEucharistic miracles
26What do we have in common with other Christians? We are justified by God’s grace; we cannot merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification (CCC 2010)Bible is the authoritative and inerrant Word of GodWhere did the Bible come from?We are called to evangelize all peopleBUT, Curtis says,We are called to believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the EucharistTo recognize Mary as our Mother in faithTo learn from the teaching of the successors of Peter and the other apostles
27Life of a Disciple Acknowledging Christ as my King means: I accept His Kingdom; everyone is part of my familyPrime Minister, the PopeQueen Mother, MaryI allow His sacramental grace to transform every aspect of my lifeThis is the life of the Disciple, to let Christ reign in my lifeTo follow Jesus means to embrace the Kingdom, full of saints and sinnersWe can’t give what we don’t have (prayer and study)Then we go out and give it away – His love, truth, mercy and forgiveness (evangelization)
28What can I do? Prayer Study Evangelization Mass more than once per weekRead the Bible 5 minutes a day5 minute conversation with God each dayEucharistic adoration (Poor Claires)Examen at the end of the dayStudyRead the Catechism 5 minutes a dayRead other good Catholic booksLives of the SaintsSpirituality, Theology, etc.EvangelizationHow can I share my faith with my family, word, neighbors, etc.?
29AnnouncementsKairos – for juniors and seniors in public schools – April 4-6, 2014 (www.dioceseofjoliet.org/ym/ )Thoughts for the Day –Cursillo (www.jolietcursillo.org)Totus Tuus – coming to St. Mary’s in Minooka. We also are looking for college age men to be teachers for the summer program (www.dioceseofjoliet.org/ttjoliet/)
30Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.