March 13, 2005
PASSION SUNDAY
vol. 16, no. 72

Jesus Christ, Son of David, our Great High Priest

Christ's Temple is the New Jerusalem - the True Church He founded and of Jerusalem is blasphemy and to rebuild an earthly temple on the holy mount an open door for the Antichrist.

    "Indeed, all works performed in the natural order are 'dead works' insofar as they are not meritorious on the supernatural level. Human nature, since the Fall, does not have within itself the power to please God. All sins, of course, are dead works. Humanity glories in its sin like the Israelites who frolicked before the golden calf in the desert. But even when men try to do good and to please the Deity through acts of worship, such as the offering of animal sacrifice, their works remain 'dead works'. Most people think that deeds of a humanitarian nature, such as contributing to the relief of tsunami victims, as well as good works of other kinds, are deserving of a reward from God even on the supernatural level. But only when the bond of friendship with God is restored through faith in Jesus Christ, the Mediator of a New Covenant, do man's works become meritorious and pleasing to God, for 'without faith it is impossible to please God' (Hebrews 11:6)."

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Passion Sunday, he emphasizes that there is only one High Priest: Jesus Christ. He always was, is and ever shall be and no amount of modern thought can change that fact. Father points out that there is only one sacrifice that appeases the Father and that is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the Blood of the Lamb of God for when Christ came He abolished the Old Law and all animal sacrifices are no longer worthy. They are, as Father asserts "dead works" because they are lacking the faith. He assimilates the humanitarian bent of today's society and the modern post-conciliar church's yearning to please everyone but God. There is only one 'thing' which pleases the Almighty and that is the Sacrifice He deigned as worthy, for man by himself has nothing that could be recognized as fulfilling the price of that ultimate Sacrifice Our Lord offered for us and continues to offer through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for Roman Catholics only in the True Latin Mass. Father cites Sacred Scripture and reason in showing the fallacy of those who crusade for rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. That is the antithesis of the Social Kingship of Christ for that abomination will recognize globally the Antichrist. No one in their right mind wants to be part of that. So wake up, folks, and heed what Father is saying for it is what Holy Mother Church has taught for nearly 2000 years before the infiltration of the modernists. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]

    "Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God," (Matthew 4:4). Today we are nourished by the words of the Epistle to the Hebrews, in which Jesus Christ is portrayed as our High Priest performing the rituals of our salvation.

    The high priest of the Old Testament was consecrated to the service of God by anointing with oil, as Aaron was by his brother, Moses (Leviticus 8: 7). Once a year the high priest was to enter the inner sanctuary of the Meeting Tent, the "holy of holies," where he would sprinkle the blood of sacrificed animals:

    "The first covenant also had ritual ordinances and a sanctuary, though an earthly one. For there was set up a tabernacle in the outer part of which were the lamp-stand and the table and the showbread, and this is called the Holy Place; but beyond the second veil was the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden censer and the ark of the covenant, overlaid on every side with gold… but into the second tabernacle the high priest alone entered once a year, not without blood, which he offered for his own and the people's sins of ignorance" (Hebrews 9: 1-4a;7). Nevertheless, St. Paul says, "It is impossible that sins should be taken away with the blood of bulls and of goats" (Hebrews 10: 4).

    But Jesus Christ was anointed by the Holy Ghost at His Baptism for service in the greater tabernacle, where the Holy Trinity dwells in heavenly glory: "But when Christ appeared as high priest of the good things to come, he entered once for all through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made by hands (that is, not of this creation), nor again by virtue of blood of goats and calves, but by virtue of his own blood, into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption… For Jesus has not entered a Holies made by hands, a mere copy of the true, but into heaven itself, to appear now before the face of God on our behalf" (Hebrews 9:11,12;24). "How much more," St. Paul asks, "will the blood of Christ, Who through the Holy Spirit offered Himself unblemished unto God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14).

    The "dead works" were those performed under the Old Law, which did not have the power in itself to cleanse from sin or give grace. St. Paul comments: "For if a law had been given that could give life, justice would truly be from the Law. But the Scripture shut up all things under sin, that by the faith of Jesus Christ the promise might be given to those who believe" (Galatians 3:21b,22).

    Indeed, all works performed in the natural order are "dead works" insofar as they are not meritorious on the supernatural level. Human nature, since the Fall, does not have within itself the power to please God. All sins, of course, are dead works. Humanity glories in its sin like the Israelites who frolicked before the golden calf in the desert. But even when men try to do good and to please the Deity through acts of worship, such as the offering of animal sacrifice, their works remain "dead works". Most people think that deeds of a humanitarian nature, such as contributing to the relief of tsunami victims, as well as good works of other kinds, are deserving of a reward from God even on the supernatural level. But only when the bond of friendship with God is restored through faith in Jesus Christ, the Mediator of a New Covenant, do man's works become meritorious and pleasing to God, for "without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6).

    What then must we conclude about the "works" of those who do not believe in Jesus Christ? Their works are "dead works" and they have no share in the heavenly rites of the Great High Priest. St. Paul speaks of the separation of the true believers from those who remained observers of the Old Law:

    "We have an altar, from which they have no right to eat who serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the Holies by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp; and so Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his blood, suffered outside the gate. Let us therefore go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach; for here we have no permanent city, but we seek for the city that is to come" (Hebrews 13:10-14).

    Temple worship ceased when the Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. But there is a movement among the Jews to rebuild the Temple, and to reinstate the priesthood and Temple worship, including animal sacrifice. Before the Lord's Crucifixion, animal sacrifice was accepted by God because it was a foreshadowing of the true Sacrifice of the Lamb of God on Calvary. To offer animal sacrifice now would be an unspeakable blasphemy, a denial of the efficacy of the Blood of Christ.

    Meanwhile, many Jews look to their Messiah to sit once more upon the throne of David. A Jewish group called the Monarchists have researched the lineage of several Jewish families for the most likely Davidic heir, and have their man ready to be proclaimed king when the opportune moment arrives. If they have their way this man, or another with a similar claim, will be anointed king, and will eventually rule over the whole world from Jerusalem. This is nothing but an open invitation for the Antichrist to appear on the scene, for no one can be heir to the throne of David but the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, as we hear from the words of the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

    "Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:31-33).

    "Having therefore a great high priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who cannot have compassion on our infirmities, but one tried as we are in all things except sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4: 14-16).

    Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings, our Great High Priest, have mercy on us!

Father Louis J. Campbell


March 13, 2005
vol 16, no. 72
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