In Him the Promises Are Fulfilled |
There is nothing new under the sun when it comes to new promises for the Son fulfilled all God promised and documented such in Divine Revelation which has been passed down in Scripture and Tradition through His one, True Church. Today many want to twist the meaning of the Promises made, but they can be listed with those lepers who did not return to acknowledge Christ's healing for they did not have faith. It takes faith, hope and love to know that Jesus Christ is the only "Way, the Truth, and the Life."
"To lose sight of Jesus Christ is the worst tragedy that one could suffer. But many have lost touch with a living relationship with Christ and have also departed from His teachings. They may still observe the form of religion but no longer believe, or their faith is no longer Catholic. They have fallen victim to the false prophets whom Jesus said would abound in the last days."
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, he emphasizes how Sacred Scripture affirms how, what, Who, when, where and why God's Promises to mankind have been fulfilled and only in and through the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. In keying on today's Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians and the Gospel of St. Luke in which only one returns to give thanks because only one truly believed and practiced what he believed, confirmed by Christ in His words "thy faith hath made thee whole," Father points out how the faith has waned in those overwhelmed by the three enemies of man: the world, the flesh and the devil which Father further identifies as prosperity, pleasure and power of those who may call themselves Catholic, think they are truly Christian, but in truth they have abandoned the infrangible tenets of the True Faith - the only Faith by which they can overcome sin through the divinely-ordained Sacrament of Penance. False prophets have arisen to pervert the meaning of Sacred Scripture whereby the vast majority are led to believe that Christian Zionism is the answer which contradicts Christ's Own words and all that is recorded in Holy Writ. The truth is that the Promises have been fulfilled and the only way to observe this is through the Church He established upon the Rock of Peter and the pure means of worship Christ instituted - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Appropriately today is the feast of Pope Saint Pius X, the holy Vicar of Christ who lived these very Promises to the core and fervently promoted all things Catholic with his motto Instaurare in omnia Christo - "To Restore All Things in Christ." A far, far cry from what we have today. In living this way we attest that In Him the Promises Are Fulfilled.
[bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]
Father Louis J. Campbell
"The promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring" (Galatians 3:15). In this one statement, St. Paul cuts through the false hopes and aspirations of those who claim natural descent from Abraham. Their hopes will never be fulfilled and their struggles will be fruitless until they humble themselves and recognize Jesus Christ as "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (St. John 14:6).
The "offspring" is Christ, says St. Paul. He is the One in Whom the promises of God are fulfilled. Jesus Christ, the long desired of all the nations, is the Heir to the Throne of David, the promised Redeemer, and the Divine Healer. Without Him we are still slaves of sin, moral lepers who will not inherit eternal life: "If you do not believe that I am He," He says, "you will die in your sin" (St. John 8:24).
Why is it that in these times the many do not recognize Him, even among those who call themselves Catholic? They have believed another gospel - the gospel of this world - which promises an earthly salvation only - pleasure, power and prosperity - all of which pass away like dreams in the light of day. They do not know Jesus Christ.
Let us take another look at this Divine Person Who became one of us through the Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, whom we rightly call the Mother of God. As we contemplate His Sacred Humanity - His perfect human nature with its noble features, its sublime wisdom and intelligence, its profound love and compassion - we are confronted with His question to Peter and the Apostles: "Whom do you say that I am?" (St. Matthew 16:15). If our hearts are open and we are willing to cast off the burden of our sins, we reply with Peter: "Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (St. Matthew 16:16). With Thomas we confess: "My Lord and my God!" (St. John 20:28), and with Martha, "Yes, Lord, I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, Who hast come into the world" (St. John 11:27).
"Caritas Christi urget nos," says St. Paul, "The love of Christ impels us" (2 Corinthians 5:14). Set on fire by his faith in Christ St. Paul spent his life preaching Christ from city to city throughout the Mediterranean area. "Him we preach," he wrote, "admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. At this, too, I work and strive, according to the power which He mightily exerts in me" (Colossians 28,29).
The love of Jesus Christ is the essence of our Religion. Our acceptance of the Church's dogmatic and moral teaching, the observance of our religious duties, even a scrupulous observance of the Commandments, do us no good whatsoever if we do not have a living faith in Jesus Christ and a genuine love for Him. "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).
To lose sight of Jesus Christ is the worst tragedy that one could suffer. But many have lost touch with a living relationship with Christ and have also departed from His teachings. They may still observe the form of religion but no longer believe, or their faith is no longer Catholic. They have fallen victim to the false prophets whom Jesus said would abound in the last days.
In Jesus Christ the promises are fulfilled, says St. Paul, that "the promise might be given to those who believe" (Galatians 3:22). But the false prophets, Christian Zionists of the likes of John Hagee, have betrayed Jesus Christ, not believing with St. Paul and with the Church, that the promises God made to Abraham are fulfilled in Him and in His Church. Instead they preach that the Jews, who are not "those who believe," are the people of God in whom the promises are yet to be fulfilled, including victory over their enemies, a rebuilt Temple, and a restored kingdom of Israel vastly larger than the present state of Israel.
Recently an amazing document called "The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism" was released by the Catholic Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michael Sabbah, together with the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, the Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Their message speaks of Christian Zionism and its relationship with Jewish Zionism:
"Christian Zionism is a modern theological and political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and Israel. The Christian Zionist program provides a worldview where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism. In its extreme form, it places an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history rather than living Christ's love and justice today.
"We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation. We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and organizations with elements in the governments of Israel and the United States that are presently imposing their unilateral preemptive borders and domination over Palestine. This inevitably leads to unending cycles of violence that undermine the security of all peoples of the Middle East and the rest of the world. We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual war rather than the gospel of universal love, redemption and reconciliation taught by Jesus Christ" (Jerusalem, Aug. 30, 2006, Zenit.org).
Our Lord Jesus Christ must no longer be denied His rightful place as King of all nations and peoples. Only then will wars cease and true peace come to our broken world. "For, as St. Paul says, "the promises of God all find their 'Yes' in Him…" (2 Corinthians 1:20). "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For in Him were created all things in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible… For it has pleased God the Father that in Him all His fullness should dwell, and that through Him He should reconcile to Himself all things, whether on the earth or in the heavens, making peace through the blood of His cross" (Colossians 1:15,16a,19,20).
"Grace be with all those who have a love unfailing for our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen." (Ephesians 6:24).