1982 years ago, Jesus founded His Catholic Church. He built Her up by the Holy Spirit and the Rock, St. Peter and the other Apostles and disciples. When the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost, the Spirit of Truth convicted men to believe in Jesus, repent and be regenerated through the Blood of Jesus and the waters of the Holy Sacrament of Baptism.
Jesus answered, and said to him: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother’ s womb, and be born again? Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Wonder not, that I said to thee, you must be born again. John 3:3-7.
This Church which Jesus established through the Holy Spirit, the Apostles and the waters of Baptism is also called HIs Mystical Body. When writing about the relationship between a husband and his wife, St. Paul compares it to the union Jesus has with HIs wife the Catholic Church.
That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish.
Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh. This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church. Ephesians 5:26-27, 30-32.
The Catholic Church is, as St. Paul says:
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15.
Jesus is the head of His Mystical Body, and we are His members.
So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Romans 12:5.
Since Jesus/God took on created human flesh, He began the process of forming His Mystical Body the Church. He is Her Divine Head and we are His created body. But the formation of His Church came about by the Holy Spirit and the Apostles who used consecrated water to Baptize.
- God, being the prime mover and source of all divine grace received through His Holy Sacraments, Holy Spirit.
- Sanctified men, (Apostles, popes, bishops, priests, and deacons), being used to administer His Sacraments.
- Sanctified created matter, used in these Holy Sacraments, (water, salt, candles, oil).
- Formulae and words handed on from Jesus that convect God’s power to change created matter, (Eucharist), transmit graces and change souls, (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick) or to forgive sins, (Confession).
In all of His Sacramental actions, God exorcizes the devil out and infuse the Holy Spirit into the souls of those who believe and are baptized and receive the other Holy Sacraments.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.