The Holy Spirit and the Church By: yansall Rasquides

"All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation" 2 Corinthians 5: 16-18

The Liturgy

Liturgy is an "action" of the whole Christ. Those who even now celebrate it without signs are already in the heavenly liturgy, where celebration is wholly communion and feast (CCC 1136.)

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4: 11-16)

The technical liturgical term epiclesis, a term always associated with the Holy Spirit in the liturgy. It explains, “ e Epiclesis (“invocation upon") is the intercession in which the priest begs the Father to send the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, so that the offerings may become the body and blood of Christ and that the faithful, by receiving them, may themselves become a living o ering to God.” (Liturgy.nd.edu)

The Holy Spirit lives in the Church as if in a Temple. The Holy Spirit guides the Church and unites her in fellowship and ministry. (Ave Maria Press 29)

Sacred Scrpiture

Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single Word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses himself completely: "You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since he who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for he is not subject to time." (CCC 102)

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24: 45-49)

The Church has always venerated the Scriptures as the Word of God, and they make the voice of the Holy Spirit sound again and again in the words of the prophets and the apostles. Therefore, the Church exhorts Christians to learn about Jesus Christ by reading the divine Scriptures frequently. (Catholic.org)

Catholics believe that their eternal destiny has been accomplished through Jesus. But in order to accept this Good News, the Church must try to live the truth that Jesus came to teach. The Holy Spirit, dwelling in the Church, facilitates this task. (Ave Maria Press 29)

Contemporary Examples:

- Prayer

- The Eucharist

- In the Gospel

Holy Spirit as a Continuation of Jesus and His Ministry

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (Isaiah 11:2)

Jesus had many disciples but he specifically asked some men to follow. The 12 apostles are meant to spread Jesus' teachings and commit their life to him and his word. Pentecost is the day when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and gave them the power to preach with convcition the message that Jesus is risen and is Lord of the universe. Today, we still spread Jesus' teachings by going to mass and we celebrate him every Sunday.

Reflection

I realized that the Holy Spirit is always with me. We connect with him while we pray, when we go to mass, and with our spirits. The apostles were meant to spread his teachings and today, every Sunday we celebrate the Holy Spirit and his teachings. Sacred scripture is very important and we celebrate it and connect with it everyday without realizing it. The Holy Spirit is there when we need him, no matter what. Working individually wasn't as stressful compared to working in a group. I did my project my way and I didn't have to rely on anyone else. It was certainly challenging trying to figure out what things meant and if they fit in with my topic. Overall, I did learn about how the Holy Spirit is always present within me and the church.

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