Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Receive Jesus as Savior and Lord


We celebrate Jesus coming into the world as Lord and Savior. We prepare him room in our hearts during Advent with prayers, fasting and giving. As Catholics, we continue to receive him, soul, body and divinity through the gift of the Eucharist as often as we take the Blessed Sacrament. That miracle that occurred 2000 years ago continues to occur on altars throughout the world as Christ gives us His flesh in an ongoing re-presentation of his sacrifice once for all.
We have the opportunity to receive Jesus today in Mass as well as tomorrow or tonite in Midnight vigil Mass. Not an obligation, a holy privilege! Below are today's readings from Sacred Scripture. Merry Christmass!

Reading 1
Micah

Thus says the LORD:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
and the rest of his kindred shall return
to the children of Israel.
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
and they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 80



R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,

with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Reading II Heb 10

Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.”
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.”
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this “will,” we have been consecrated
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Gospel
Luke 1

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

2 Comments:

Anonymous Theo said...

"Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Blessed indeed! One of many great lessons illustrated in the very Word of God becoming flesh is that God neither gives His word in vain, nor abandons His work; and even if he appears to tarry, it is truly not so--for to Him who is the maker of all things, time is no master.

How amazing! By God's own word, the perfect eternal sacrifice made once and only once upon the cross for *all* so that sins may be forgiven is present to God the Father throughout all time--and by His word (whether we are able to believe Him or not), we are buried with Him in baptism and rise with Him in faith as we humbly receive Him, depending upon His righteous merit.

He is risen! Never again shall He be crucified; yet, ever and ever again; forever and always the Lamb who was slain is present before the Father as our advocate. Ever is His eternal sacrifice offered for us--and ever and again is it also presented in the sacrament instituted by Him through His own word, that we might be able (by God’s gift and grace) again offer to God the only worthy and living sacrifice, which is Jesus, the Lord.

What freedom we have by God, not to be consumed with doubt whether our own statement of faith , (or more sadly, whether that of our children or of the infirm) measures up to some man-made system of theology as though entrance into heaven were based on some sort of doctrinal SAT test.

What peace we each have with God, not to agonize over whether one is by mere chance a soul who God chose to love from the beginning or to hate, as though the maker of time itself were bound by time.

What comfort and confidence we have in God whose omnipotence and sovereignty were clothed in flesh like our own, and whose kingdom’s reign is by his own choice, not a tyranny in servitude to his banqueting table, but a wedding feast at which He makes of us His bride and guest.

What Joy!

Joy to the world; the Lord is come!

May God bless us all this Christmas season.
--Theo

December 26, 2006 11:29 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

"What freedom we have by God, not to be consumed with doubt whether our own statement of faith , (or more sadly, whether that of our children or of the infirm) measures up to some man-made system of theology as though entrance into heaven were based on some sort of doctrinal SAT test."
Well said Theo!... I often think that the Catholic faith is truly universal for all men for all time regardless of intellectual astuteness and the ability to accurately articulate and understand it's doctrines. Jesus said, let the little children come to me, including those who have a childlike faith and understanding of God.

December 26, 2006 4:03 PM  

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