O Clarim brings to you a six-part series themed ‘Where is Christ today’ by Fr Fausto Gomez OP. In the concluding piece of this series, Fr Gomez points out that Jesus Christ can be found in the Church, the sacraments, Sacred Scriptures and those in need. He is also present through us, as we witness for Him with authentic love and holding firmly to His guiding hand as we navigate our way to heaven.
The mystery of the Blessed Trinity is difficult to grasp at first instance. Steady spiritual growth and advancement in the virtues of faith, hope and love, will systematically reveal in an interior understanding and conviction the fullness of this mystery that theologians and scholars have tried and failed to convey with complete success.
We cannot claim to have an intimate relationship with Jesus without being compassionate toward those in need: the poor in material terms as well as the poor in spirit. Our prayer lives must be intermingled with right actions as described in the corporal works of mercy.
The Eucharist, where Jesus is present – body, blood, soul and divinity – binds Christians in a community, a communion of love. We cannot depart from this living sacrifice, most integral to our faith, without putting our souls in peril.
O Clarim brings to you a six-part series themed ‘Where is Christ today’ by Fr Fausto Gomez OP. In the second part of this series, Fr Gomez writes that
the Word of God is food for the soul. Sacred Scripture is truly inspired by God and draws us into the mysteries of God, giving us a better understanding of how we are to follow our Savior. Regular reading of Sacred Scripture aids our spiritual growth in the best way possible.
O Clarim brings to you a six-part series themed ‘Where is Christ today’ by Fr Fausto Gomez OP. In the first part of this series, Fr Gomez writes that Jesus promised us that the gates of hell would not prevail because He would remain with us until the end of time. And so He remains in the community of the Church, in her sacraments, and in the process of evangelizing, in bringing others to Him.
Following Christ denotes discipleship that is evinced by belief in Him and love of neighbor as for self. Renewed in the Holy Spirit, we now live in Christ and speak through Him.
Answering the particular call of God is essential. Giving all of yourself and allowing yourself to be perfected in charity is what our response to this call entails.
In our attempt to live as faithful Catholics, we must but encounter this question of who Christ is to us. If we have not an answer, then we have not even begun our journey toward His promises. We are only authentic Christians when we acknowledge that Christ, the God-Man, alone suffices and makes us whole.
Can we claim a reward for a good deed? Can we merit anything with our works? Or is it God’s grace and mercy alone that saves us?