Archive for April, 2014

Without the missions of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church would not be what it is today. The two of them, with help from God the Father, began and grew the church from the wreckage of Original Sin.

thThe Catechism of the Catholic Church defines mission as “the work of initial evangelization and establishment of the Church in non-Christian lands” (CCC Glossary). Christ and the Holy Spirit jump started the mission of the church, establishing it and working through individuals to help it grow. Their missions, while separate, have one ultimate goal; to bring people back to God.

Jesus’ mission is to save people from their sins. It’s the meaning of his name, which is “God saves” in Hebrew (CCC 430). His name not only identifies him, but it defines his mission and the ultimate purpose of his life, crucifixion, and resurrection. In the gospel of Matthew, the archangel Gabriel appears to St. Joseph to announce the savior’s birth stating, “[Mary] will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Christ’s mission was made very clear to his parents from the moment they knew about his coming.

Another name that identifies God the Son, is Christ which means, “anointed” (CCC436). It is through this name that Jesus holds the office of priest, profit, and king. “‘God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power,’ ‘that he might be revealed to Israel’ as its Messiah. His works and words will manifest in him as ‘the Holy One of God'” (CCC 438). In other words, because Christ was anointed by God, he will save Israel from its sins with the Holy Spirit as his guide.

holyspiritandchristJesus accepts his mission of suffering at the hands of the Romans, death on the cross, and rising from the dead at his baptism in the Jordan. The father rejoices in his Baptism and acceptance proclaiming, “This is my beloved son; with whom I am well pleased” (Luke 3:21). The heavens opened and the Holy Spirit fell upon him, following this occurrence and forty days of ruthless temptation in the desert without food or water, Jesus was ready to begin his ministry.

John the Baptist declares him the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world at his baptism noting that it is Jesus who should baptize him instead. In this action, John reveals that Jesus is a silent lamb who “allows himself to be led to the slaughter and who bears the sin of the multitudes” and will relieve them from the chains of sin (CCC 608). For Jesus came “not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

The Holy Spirit’s mission is ongoing because it is through him that the church is the way it is. He entered the Apostles forty days after Jesus ascended into heaven, then sent them out among the nations bringing them the truth, proclaiming the gospel and the mission of Christ. It is through the Spirit that the most holy trinity is revealed to us (CCC 244). It was the Holy Spirit the prepared the people of Israel for the coming of Jesus in the through the many covenants which were made to Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David in the Old Testament and now through Christ in the New Testament.

PentecostHe was played a very significant role in the birth of John the Baptist, whose mother was elderly and unable to bear children so that he may “prepare a people fit for the Lord” through Baptism (Luke 1:17). The Spirit entered the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary to conceive Jesus, as well as the womb of St. Anna to immaculately conceive Mary. It is the Holy Spirit’s mission to bring us into a communion with Christ who saved us from our sins, and to prepare the way for his second coming.

God the Father linked Jesus’ and the Holy Spirit’s missions in the most perfect way. The two are “distinct, but inseparable” because it is Christ who is a physical, visible image of God, but the spirit who reveals to the individual soul that Christ is God (CCC 690). Without the Spirit, it is very difficult for us to have faith and impossible to know God. Since the day the Lord created the Earth and until it’s end, where God sends his son, he will “always send his Spirit” (CCC 743).”The entire mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit is contained in this: that the Son is the one anointed by the Father’s Spirit since his Incarnation – Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah” (CCC 727). Together, they are one, neither mission is complete without the other.

This mission is completed through the Catholic Church as a whole, which is the “Body of Christ” and the “Temple of the Holy Spirit” (CCC 737). The two work through each other as the Spirit seeks men with all of his wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, wonder/awe, in order to bring them closer to Christ, preparing them to follow him.

Mission has played a crucial role in the church since her beginnings. It was through the missions of the Holy Spirit and Christ that the church was created. Both missions are separate and unique to each parties of the trinity. Jesus was sent to the earth to save man from their sins, and the Holy Spirit is sent to prepare the way for Christ and aid is in better knowing him. Their missions are inseparable and incomplete without the other.

Okay y’all. I’m about to get sentimental. So last week was a tough week. I had a lot of tests and assignments due. I didn’t get a lot of sleep. A lot of things were happening and among those things was that I got into a huge argument with my best friend. After all of the hugs and tears, we made up. In the midst of all of that, I wrote this with no intention of showing it to anybody. But here it is; 55 reasons she is best friend, my soul sister, and my person. Find your person, because it’s awesome. Love you buddy!

  1.       We are two imperfect people who have refused to give up on each other.
  2.       We spend a lot of time laughing about what messes we are.
  3.       We are okay with silence. We don’t feel the need to fill every second with words.
  4.       She’s the one that my future spouse has to really win over.
  5.       She is literally my therapist, and probably the best one I’ll ever have cause she’s unafraid to tell me if I’m just being dumb.
  6.       Our Snapchats get uglier as time goes on. They tend to get grosser and uglier as time goes on.
  7.       We act like an old married couple. We are not afraid to  carelessly bicker, and when we really are mad, we can’t stay mad for long because we have important stuff to tell each other!
  8.       We are not embarrassed to cry in front of each other.
  9.       We make room for each other in the other’s life, even when life is crowded and busy.
  10.   She is able to ferret out my secrets when I really want to talk, but can’t quite bring myself to do it.
  11.   Our favorite nights are staying in with each other, watching Once Upon a Time, and just being together.
  12.   My parents ask about her when they call.
  13.   I’m as needy as heck and she tolerates it. I could yell PAY ATTENTION TO ME and she actually will.
  14.   We have code names and words that are not subtle at all when we use them in conversation and when our conversations are so infused with them we actually sound insane.
  15.   We’re Facebook friends with each other’s families.
  16.   We’ve stopped keeping track of who owes who what in terms of money borrowed it’ll probably even itself out eventually.
  17.   We know what the other needs when they are upset (chocolate and cheesy parodies of Frozen songs).
  18.   We live in different states while school is on break, communication is tough, but when we get back, we’re still as weird and dysfunctional as ever before.
  19.   You bring your problems to me and let me help you solve them
  20.   We are dangerous together because when out and about because we feed off each other and just spiral into insanity.
  21.   There are a few things lurking in my past and you’re the only one who knows about them- but you don’t hold them against me.
  22.   We knew we were going to be best friends as soon as you met. You still don’t know how or why. We really are nothing alike
  23.   Sometimes you give me tough love when I really need gentle love- but I know that’s because you’re worried about me.
  24.   We take pride in each other’s accomplishments.
  25.   We’ve hit a few rough spots, but with love and patience we smoothed them out.
  26.   The good, the bad and the ugly- we’ve been through them all and we’re still friends.
  27.   One hug from you is worth 10 from any other friend.
  28.   You never get clingy, but you don’t mind if I occasionally do.
  29.   Sometimes you don’t have time for me. That might make me sad or hurt for a while, but hey, you’ll be back. The same goes for me.
  30.   You always know the right thing to say.
  31.   We pray for each other.
  32.   You laugh at my horrible jokes.
  33.   You send me encouraging texts and messages at critical moments and I send them to you, too.
  34.   Sometimes we’re under a lot of stress and we snap at each other. Look, these things happen between friends. We get past it.
  35.   You know my dark side and I know yours. No judgments.
  36.   We don’t look alike and we don’t sound alike- but we think alike on all the important things and that’s what counts.
  37.   When I’m procrastinating hopelessly, you give me the push I need to get going.
  38.   When people talk to me and they understand that you’re the exception to the confidentiality rule.
  39.   Almost all of our college stories start with “So this one time, Hannah/Sarah and I….”
  40.   No topic is off limits, no boundary has gone uncrossed by the duality of our fierceness when the other is hurting.
  41.   Occasionally we get sentimental and tell the other how we’d be alone/miserable/dead without them. Probably not often enough.
  42.   It’s cliche but we do actually do reference our wedding speeches for each other or how our kids will grow up together.
  43.   We are able to glance at each other in a group conversation and when we’re finally alone we start saying I knew what you were thinking, Is that what you were thinking? OH MY GOD YES THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING!!!!
  44.   We know each other’s favorite songs by heart.
  45.   If I’m way out of line, she’ll tell me. If I’m doing a good job, she’ll tell me too.
  46.   We consider words such as jerkface, poopface, meanypants terms of endearment.
  47.   While shopping we see things that the other person would like and yell at them to come. We find things for the other more than we find things for ourself.
  48.   We share food.
  49.   We are comfortable with judging each other.
  50.   We know the other’s salad toppings.
  51.   We tell each other every little, pointless, dumb thing that happens in the day because somehow everything means something and for some reason, the other really does care who you were sitting with in lab and what offhand comment Harold made in Ethics. Essentially, we talk about basically nothing all day and yet it’s always fascinating conversation.
  52.   We always understand each other, even before we tell the other what’s wrong. We’ve to developed  this telepathic understanding of each other, and that’s what makes us inseparable.
  53.   The things that we laugh at would make no sense to anybody else.
  54.   No one else gives me the total attention the way she does when I have a problem or just need to talk.
  55.   No argument or disagreement would ever end our friendship.