Thursday, June 4, 2020

9th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, 05-06-2020

2 Timothy 3:10-17 / Mark 12:35-37   

It is the teaching of the Church and it is also our belief that Jesus is truly God and truly man.

Most of us would just go along with it and we would rather not discuss it because we may not understand what that really means.

But the nature of Jesus Christ was truly a serious matter of contention as the Church in the early time began to formulate its teachings about Jesus Christ.

And heresies (wrong teachings) began to arise about the nature of Jesus Christ.

On the one extreme is the heresy that Jesus Christ is fully divine and that He didn't take on human nature even though He appeared in human form.

But that would mean that His suffering and death would make no sense as God cannot suffer like a human being, and suffering and dying on the Cross would have no meaning.

On the other extreme is the heresy that Jesus Christ is a human being and was enlightened and become a holy man and gained a divine state with His Resurrection.

But that would raise problems and questions about the truth of the teachings of Jesus Christ and about His true union with the Holy Trinity.

In the gospel, when the people heard what Jesus taught about the Christ, they heard it with delight.

We may wonder why. It was because the scribes taught that the Christ is the son of David. But the question then would be Christ would just be another human being, maybe just as great as David. How would that Christ be the Messiah that God has promised?

As we profess that Jesus is our Saviour and that He is truly God and truly man, it will be comforting to know that Jesus knows our sufferings, and yet He will save us from despair.

Let us continue to put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, whom St. Thomas proclaimed: My Lord and my God!