What We Are About
WE ARE ABOUT BEING RE-CREATED IN CHRIST!
“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
These are the words of the great Apostle Paul, who, so eloquently and succinctly describes what happens to a person who is evangelized, that is to say, receives the Gospel, which means good news. The result is a changed heart, a mind renewed, a life transformed, a soul redeemed.
Have you heard the Good News?
The Gospel message can be easily summarized by that oft-quoted passage from the fourth Gospel:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”
– John 3:16-17
Do you know that God loves you?
The heart of the Gospel is love. God’s love for you, which was made manifest in the person of God’s only begotten Son, who died that you might live. St. John the Divine further describes this immeasurable love of God with these words.
“In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.”
– 1 John 4:10
God became man in order to redeem a fallen humanity. His love for us is so great that He laid down his life in order set us free from the bondage of sin and death.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.”
– Ephesians 2:4-5
Have you experienced true Renewal in your life?
Our loving God calls each of us to repent and embrace the grace that Christ won for us on Calvary. The Lord invites us to be renewed through the power of the Holy Spirit, which He lavishly pours out on His children through the Sacrament of Baptism.
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
– Titus 2:4-6
Choosing Jesus as Lord means choosing to live in the Spirit of Christ. In fact, you cannot belong to Christ without having received the Holy Spirit.
“Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”
– Romans 8:9
Do you know how to walk in the Spirit?
It is this gift of the Holy Spirit that we are given in the Sacrament of Baptism and sealed with in the Sacrament of Confirmation, which leads to authentic renewal and transformation. Sadly, few Christians today are taught how to live their lives as Jesus did, in the power and grace of the Holy Spirit.
The Scriptures reveal to us that although Jesus was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), He nevertheless sought the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at His baptism in the Jordan.
“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, ‘Thou art my beloved Son, with thee I am well pleased.’”
– Luke 3:21-22
Are you growing in holiness?
When someone is immersed in the Spirit of Christ and “walks by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25), that person is changed, transformed and renewed, even if that change only begins to occur many years after receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). It is the Holy Spirit, who, throughout the course of our lives, sanctifies and sets us free from sinful habits and transforms us more and more into the likeness of Christ.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
– 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Is your spiritual life fruitful?
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit produces spiritual fruit in the lives of those who yield to His presence and power. These are virtues that demonstrate the righteousness and sanctification being wrought in the lives of those who live in the Spirit of Christ.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
– Galatians 5:22-23
Are you sharing the Good News with others?
Secondly, we receive the Holy Spirit for the sanctification of the world (Evangelization).
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8
“‘As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”
– John 20:21-22
Do you know what your spiritual gifts are?
To aid us in our mission of evangelization, the Holy Spirit endows the baptized with spiritual gifts called charisms, which are special graces ordered towards to the building up of the body of Christ (which is the Church) and the sanctification of the world (Evangelization).
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be uninformed. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires the all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”
– 1 Corinthians 12:1,4-11
Are you using your gifts generously?
We are not only encouraged to desire the gifts of the Spirit, but are exhorted to actively use them in the service of others.
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
– Romans 12:6-8
Do you want to go deeper?
It is our sincerest desire to share the love of Christ with you and aid you in your walk with the Lord. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the many and varied resources and opportunities that we provide for your spiritual growth and renewal.
God bless you!
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:25