rediscover catholicism

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Daily Bible Reflections from St Benedict’s Parish

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Daily Bible Reflections from St Benedict’s Parish

Rediscover Catholicism

What makes Catholicism stand out? What makes it different from all the other faiths? The Incarnation. The fact that God took upon himself a human nature. This marks the whole of our Catholic faith.

God did not remain far far away. Instead, God entered into this world. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” As John 1:14 puts it. Everything in Catholicism flows from The Incarnation.

What’s the purpose of Catholicism? Participation in the life of God. God sent his Son into this world to partake in our human life so that we could partake in his life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16.) As Jesus himself says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).

God takes on human nature in order to redeem us and bring us back into communion with God; a communion which had been broken through sin. In God, the material and spiritual is redeemed and raised up. The Early Church leaders never tired of saying “God became man so that man might become God.” Not that we become gods ourselves but that we become sharers or partakers in the very life of God.

Everything in Catholicism is about God dwelling among his people and providing for them spiritually and physically. In the person of Jesus we see a joining together of the human and the Divine. With our Catholic faith we see a joining together of our lives and God’s life. 

The Sacraments are Jesus’ life and power made present and real to us today. In them we participate in the life of God.

Christ calls us to be “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), that we may be “transformed” into his likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18). Understood in this way, it is fitting that Jesus would offer to us, in a real way, the elements of his own sanctified humanity. In other words, the Sacraments are a place where material things (bread, wine, oil, words) are united with Christ’s Divine Life in order that our humanity may be transformed to be partakers of God’s life. In the Sacraments Jesus brings us his abundant life.

God desires to bring us to new life by redeeming and raising up our lives and the things around us. Catholicism is a celebration of that. It is a joyful recognition that God delights in bringing his abundant life to us through physical things. 

Jesus became a real living tangible person with flesh and blood. He used physical things to heal people. Jesus continues to minister to the world through the Church and its Sacraments. The Sacraments, like Jesus, use real tangible material objects. 

The beauty of God and his Church is best appreciated from within the Church. Come delve into this wonderful faith.

"Catholicism is a treasure map: It may be old, but it still leads to treasure. Let's rediscover it together, and help others to do the same."