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Which Jesus do you welcome on Christmas?

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Jesus perennially asks His disciples, 'Who do you say that I am?' But Who does the Holy Spirit, in the words of Sacred Scripture, through the teaching authority of the Apostles, say that He is?

Doesn't that matter?

"Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land’s afflicted." Isaiah 11:1-10

The Catholic Church has always taught, through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, that Jesus is the Sole Mediator between God and Man. The Church, moreover, has always taught that Jesus is both God and man--Savior, through the shedding of His Blood, Son through oneness in essence with the Father. The Church has always pronounced Jesus as 'the Way, the Truth, and the Life.'

Jesus, as the Lone Savior, is Divine Mercy for all people, regardless of appearances and purely human distinctions.

"O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king’s son; he shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment." Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

Yet, Jesus is also Justice. He is the Eternal Justice of God. Jesus is the source of virtue, which manifests itself in Mercy…for the sake of Justice. Justice is 'Thy Will be Done,' and 'Thy Will' is Love. Love is what is best for the beloved. What is best for the beloved is what is right and JUST. That is why Jesus is the Judge of Judgment Day. That is why He has sent out His Apostles to every continent with both Sacraments of Mercy and the gospel of Truth (repentance, morality, prayer, charity).

For salvation is found in Justice, which is both Mercy and Truth.

"Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4-9

St Jerome famously stated, 'Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.'

The Catholic Church has always taught that Jesus is our hope. Hope is willingly exercised faith, through Love, in circumstances non-conducive to 'worldly' hope. Jesus' (graced) hope, rather, is hope from His Cross, in our cross, for the conversion of the world, in our little acts of obedience. Jesus is the source of strength when we would otherwise quit, when the world has nothing but wood and nails for us.

It is also the hope which inspires us to repent, and forgive.

"I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I." Matthew 3:1-12

The Catholic Church, seeking to obey the Father in His desire that we be 'Holy as I am Holy,' teach that Jesus is the font of all grace and virtue which create saints. This font of grace includes the grace for evangelization, ecumenism, apologetics, pastoral care, ordination, consecration, and lay ministry. Jesus builds us up, of our own free will, however, on the foundation of 'the fear of the Lord, humility, and a John the Baptist zeal for charity.

Jesus is the source and exemplar of holiness, in the life of the Trinity.




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