Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever!

Today is the feast of Saint James, Son of Zebedee and Apostle of Jesus Christ. The request made by James together with his brother John to sit at the right and left hands of Jesus in his glory, reminds us that Jesus now sits in that glory, himself sitting at the right hand of God the Father.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever! As he sits in his heavenly throne at the right hand of God, their power and love shine forth from the Sacred Scriptures and the Holy Sacraments through the working of the Holy Spirit. "I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you" (Jn. 16:7).

Because Jesus has gone to the Father, the Advocate is with us and makes us worthy vessels of the Holy Trinity. Now the physical presence of Jesus in the flesh has given way to the presence of his love and grace in the proclamation of the Gospel and in the Sacraments, and in the presence of his glorified Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Let us turn to the Gospels and to the Sacraments as deer to running streams. The Lord has given us priests as the dispensors of these Mysteries. Regarding them "as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God" (1 Cor. 4:1), with renewed desire let us receive grace from their ministry as from the hands of Jesus sitting at the right hand of God. Then we will be empowered to do the great works to which he calls us, for the salvation of the world.

-Mark John

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