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CHRIST IS THE WAY TO UNITE OURSELVES WITH GOD
Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Thursday, Feast of Saints Philip and James, May 03, 2012
1 Cor. 15:1-8, Ps. 18, John 14:6-14


"If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him" (John 14:7).


Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, is the revelation of God to the world. No one has ever seen God except the Son of God. "No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known" (John 1:18). "Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father" (John 6:46). Christ was sent into the world by the Father to reveal God so that through Christ we might know God. Only through him can we know God as he is in his profundity. Only through him do we come to the Father. "No one comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). If we see and know Christ, we see and know the Father, for he is in the Father, and the Father in him. He and the Father are one (John 10:30). "Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me?" (John 14:10). "He who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). "No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him" (Matt. 11:27). "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30).


There is no other revelation of the Trinity than that which Jesus Christ has given us, for he is one of the persons of the Trinity, which is God. Only he knows this, and only he has revealed this. He lived from all eternity in the bosom of the Father in ineffable love, splendor, and light. These two persons live together in intimate love, and the Holy Spirit flows back and forth between them.


The Father sent the Son into the world to give us a share in the divine love which flows eternally between the Father and the Son (John 15:9). He sent him to illuminate and divinize us by uniting himself with us, especially through the Eucharist. The Son has furthermore given us from the Father the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in those who believe in Christ (John 15:26).


If we receive Christ in the Eucharist, he enters into us physically and sacramentally to illuminate and divinize us. The Father is in him, and he in the Father. His divine person is in his human body and blood. He sacramentalized his body and blood, containing his divine person, in the form of bread and wine, which we eat and drink during Mass with devotion in silent contemplation for our divinization and transformation in Christ. This is the way that Christ has given us to come to the Father through him and unite ourselves to God.


Furthermore, "Christ died for our sins" (1 Cor. 15:3). That is, he gave us repentance and forgiveness of sins through his death on the cross. He died as a criminal, punished for all the sins of the world (Gal. 3:13), which he bore (2 Cor. 5:21). He died in propitiation and expiation for them (Rom. 3:25), to free us from them when we believe in him. When we invoke the merits of his death, particularly in the sacrament of penance (John 20:23), our sins are forgiven. This is always relevant, for we are always sinning anew every day in small things that trouble our conscience and rob us of peace. Though this means we can be reconciled again with God and feel truly forgiven and freed from sin and all sense of guilt.


Christ is the way given to the world to know and see God and be united to him. "No one comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). If we are united to him, we are united to God and know the Trinity. Christ wants us to preach this message to all the peoples of the world, so that all may enter into the life of the Trinity and know God for the forgiveness of their sins, for their illumination and divinization, and for the sure hope of eternal life.

 

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