God; do You accept My Faith? A reflection by Patrick Miron

 

God; do You accept My Faith?

A reflection by Patrick Miron

 Hebrews 10: 1-20

“For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things; by the selfsame sacrifices which they offer continually every year, can never make the comers thereunto perfect: [2] For then they would have ceased to be offered: because the worshippers once cleansed should have no conscience of sin any longer: But in them there is made a commemoration of sins every year. For it is impossible that with the blood of oxen and goats sin should be taken away[And similarly; that manmade; man innovated methods that actually compete with Christ teaching, will work any better, than these sacrifices is at least doubtful…PJM] Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith: Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldest not: but a body thou hast fitted to me:

{Explanation from Douay Bible} [2] They would have ceased: If they had been of themselves perfect to all the intents of redemption and remission, as Christ’s death is there would have been no occasion of so often repeating them: as there is no occasion for Christ’s dying any more for our sins.

Holocausts for sin did not please thee. Then said I: Behold I come: in the head of the book it is written of me: that I should do thy will, O God. In saying before, Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin thou wouldest not, neither are they pleasing to thee, which are offered according to the law. [10] Then said I: Behold, I come to do thy will, O God: he taketh away the first that he may establish that which followeth. In the which will, we are sanctified by the oblation of the body of Jesus Christ once.

From Haydock’s Catholic Commentary: Ver. 10. The source and primary cause of our sanctification is the will of God, who so loved the world as to give us his only Son; the meritorious cause of our sanctification is the voluntary oblation of Jesus Christ, sacrificed for us upon the cross. Some Protestants shamefully misrepresent the tenets of Catholics, as if we excluded Christ from the work of our salvation, or hoped to be saved not by the merits of Christ, but by our own” [works and efforts]

[11] And every [Old Testament] priest indeed standeth daily ministering, and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins[12] But this man offering one sacrifice for sins, forever sitteth on the right hand of God, [13] From henceforth expecting, until his enemies be made his footstool.[14] For by one oblation he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. [15] And the Holy Ghost also doth testify this to us.” 16] And this is the testament which I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord. I will give my laws in their hearts, and on their minds will I write them: [17] And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more. [18] Now where there is a remission of these, there is no more an oblation for sin. [19] Having therefore, brethren, a confidence in the entering into the holies by the blood of Christ; [20] A new and living way which he hath dedicated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh”

This does sound like a “done deal.” God DOES do ALL of the work. But is this what the teaching in its entirety actually teaches?

 [Explanation from the Douay bible] [18] There is no more an oblation for sin: Where there is a full remission of sins, as in baptism, there is no more occasion for a sin offering to be made for such sins already remitted; and as for sins committed afterwards, they can only be remitted in virtue of the one oblation of Christ’s death. [That is to say Sacramentally. John 20:19-23 PJM]

[21] And a high priest over the house of God: [22] Let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with clean water.[23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised), [24] And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works: [25]Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching. [26] For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins, [27] But a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries. [28] A man making void the law of Moses, dieth without any mercy under two or three witnesses: [29] How much more, do you think he deserveth worse punishments, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath esteemed the blood of the testament unclean, by which he was sanctified, and hath offered an affront to the Spirit of grace? [30] For we know him that hath said: Vengeance belongeth to me, and I will repay. And again: The Lord shall judge his people”.

[Explanation from the Douay bible] [26] If we sin wilfully: He speaks of the sin of wilful apostasy from the known truth; after which, as we cannot be baptized again, we cannot expect to have that abundant remission of sins, which Christ purchased by his death, applied to our souls in that ample manner as it is in baptism: but we have rather all manner of reason to look for a dreadful judgment; the more because apostates from the known truth, seldom or never have the grace to return to it.

Ezek. 11: 19-21 And I will give them one heart, and will put a new spirit in their bowels: and I will take away the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh: That they may walk in my commandments, and keep my judgments, and do them: and that they may be my people, and I may be their God. But as for them whose heart walketh after their scandals and abominations, I will lay their way upon their head, saith the Lord God. “[This latter teaching means that God will permit them to wallow in their sins. PJM]

This teaching means that God is both willing to forgive and then actually CONVERT our very hearts to make POSSIBLE, and easier, All That he ask us to do in accord with His Will, Commandments, Precepts and Church-Teaching’s. Never forget dear friend, that Christ choose freely to give to Peter alone [and his successors ALL of the Key’s ] Mt. 16: 18-19 & Mt. 28: 18-20]

And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.” & “  And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying:All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded [taught] you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” NO OTHER FAITH CAN MAKE THESE CLAIMS TRUTHFULLY.

Ecc. 19: 6 “He that sinneth against his own soul, shall repent: and he that is delighted with wickedness, shall be condemned”   Joel 2:3 “And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil”  Mark 1: 15 “And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel” Lam. 5: 1 Convert us, O Lord, to thee, and we shall be converted: renew our days, as from the beginning” Acts 3:26 “To you first God, raising up his Son, hath sent him to bless you; that every one may convert himself from his wickedness

Haydock’s:  Hebrews x…. Notes & Commentary: Ver. 15-18. The Holy Ghost also doth testify to us, and assures us of this, by the prophet Jeremias, (Chap. xxxi. 33.) in the words above cited, (Chap. viii. ver. 8.) when he promises to give a new testament, and that he will remember no more their sins. — Now where there is remission of these, there is no more an oblation for sin. That is, there is no need of any other oblation to redeem us from sin, after the price of our redemption from sin is paid. There is no need of any other different oblation; all that is wanting, is the application of the merits and satisfactions of Christ. No need of those sacrifices, which were ordered in the law of Moses.

To convince them of this, is the main design of St. Paul in this place. The pretended reformers, from several expressions of St. Paul in this chapter, think they have clear proofs that no sacrifice at all ought to be offered after Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross; and that so many sacrifices and oblations of masses, are both needless and against the doctrine of the apostle, who says, that Christ by one oblation hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (ver. 14.) And again, that where there is a remission of sins, now there is no more an oblation for sin.

This objection, which is obvious enough, was not first invented by the Calvinists [Baptist] against them they nickname Papists: the same is found in the ancient Fathers; and by their answers, and what they have witnessed concerning the daily sacrifice of the mass, they may find their doctrine of a religion without a continued sacrifice evidently against the doctrine and practice of the Catholic Church from the first ages[centuries] of the Christian religion, till they came to be reformers, not of manners, but of the Catholic belief.

Hear St. Chrysostom (hom. xvii.) in his commentary on this very chapter: “What then, saith he, do not we offer up (or make an oblation) every day? We offer up indeed, but with a remembrance of his death. And this oblation is one, and not many. How is it one, and not many? …because, as he that is offered many times, and in many places, is the same body, not many and different bodies, so is it one sacrifice. He (Christ) is our high priest, who offered this sacrifice, by which we are cleansed: we now offer up the same….He said: Do this in remembrance of me. We do not offer a different sacrifice, but the very same, as then our high priest.” St. Chrysostom here says, and repeats it over and over again, that we offer up a sacrifice. 2. That we offer it up every day. 3. That the sacrifice which we daily offer is one and the same oblation, one and the same sacrifice, which our high priest, Christ, offered. 4. That in offering this sacrifice, which in all places, and at all times, is the same body of Christ, and the same sacrifice, we do, and offer it, as he commanded us at his last supper, with a remembrance of him. Is this the practice, and is this the doctrine of our dear countrymen, the English Protestants? But at least it is the constant doctrine, as well as practice, of the whole Catholic Church

The council of Trent, as we have already cited the words, (chap. vii.) teacheth the very same as St. Chrysostom who never says, as some one of late hath pretended, that what we offer is a remembrance only.  As the sacrament of the Eucharist, according to the words of Christ in the gospel, is to be taken with a remembrance of him, and yet is not a remembrance only, but is his body and blood, so the sacrifice is to be performed with a remembrance of his benefits and sufferings, by his priests and ministers, but at the same time is a true and propitiatory sacrifice, the priests daily sacrifice, and offer up the same sacrifice, the manner only being different. The sacrifice and mass offered by Peter, is not different in the notion of a sacrifice or oblation from that of Paul, though the priests and their particular actions be different: the same sacrifice was offered by the apostles, and in all Christian ages; and the same sacrifice, according to the prophecy of Malachias, (chap. i. ver. 11.) shall be offered in all nations to the end of the world. This doctrine and practice is not only witnessed by St. Chrysostom but generally by the ancient Fathers and interpreters, as we have taken notice in short in the annotations on St. Matthew. See St. Ignatius, in his epistle to the people of Smyrna; St. Justin Martyr, in his dialogue with Tryphon; St. Irenæus, lib. 4. chap. xxxii. and xxxiv.; Tertullian, lib. de Velandis Virg.; Eusebius lib. 1. de demonst. Evang. chap. ult.[last]; St. Jerome, ep. ad Evangelu,; St. Ambrose, in Psalm xxxviii. and on 1 chap. of St. Luke; St. Augustine, lib. 16. de civ. Dei. chap. xxii. lib. cont. Advers. legis chap. 22. and lib. ix. Confess. chap. xii.; St. Chrysostom, hom. lx. ad Pop. Antiochenum. et hom. lxxii. in Matt.; The first general council of Nice[Nicaea]. — But from this one oblation on the cross and remission of sins, obtained by our Saviour Christ, will our adversaries pretend insisting on the bare letter, that Christ has done all for us, and that we need do nothing, unless perhaps endeavour to catch hold of the justifying cloak of Christ’s justice by faith only? At this rate the love of God and of our neighbour, a life of self-denials, such as Christ preached to everyone in the gospel, the practices of prayer, fastings, almsdeeds, and all good works, the sacraments instituted by our Savior Christ may be all safely laid aside; and we may conclude from hence, that all men’s sins are remitted before they are committed. Into what extravagances do men run, when their private spirit pretends to follow the letter of the Holy Scriptures, and when they make their private judgment the supreme guide in matter of divine faith?

It is very true, that Christ hath paid the ransom of all our sins, and his satisfactions are infinite; but to partake of the benefit of this general redemption, the merits and satisfaction of Christ are to be applied to our souls, and this by the order of Providence is to be done not only by faith but by other virtues, by good works, [James Chapter 2] by the sacraments, [John 20:19-23] and by repeating the oblation and the same sacrifice, the manner only being different, according to the doctrine and practice of the Catholic Church from the apostle’s time. [Mt. 26:26-28; Mk. 14: 22-24; Luke 22: 19- 21; John 6; 43-60; & Paul 1st. . 11: 23-30.”]

Where there is a full remission of sins, as in baptism, there is no more occasion for a sin-offering to be made for such sins already remitted; and as for sins committed afterwards, they can only be remitted in virtue of the one oblation of Christ’s death. [And in the precise manner Chosen by Christ who is God: John 20:19-23 [PJM] End of Haydock’s

Before progressing further I think it is prudent to be aware of the overwhelming amount of Mortal sin present in the USA [and worldwide as well.

 I read a survey that was taken [2011?] on catholic beliefs and practices. It’s SHOCKING!

 Obligatory Mass Attendance [the 3td Commandment] had respondents who choose to identify themselves as “Catholics”; showing that only 23% attended Mass even weekly. [a Mortal sin]

 Only about 10% of this group admitted to Going to Sacramental Confession even Annually [A Catholics “Easter Duty”] COULD BE a Mortal sin]

 Another survey claims that perhaps as high as 95-98% choose to use contraception [a Mortal sin]

 There are about 1.3 MILLION abortions annually [about 55 million worldwide]

 50+% vote and support pro-choice candidates in National elections [a Mortal sin]

 And yet, if one were to observe how many people who DO attend Mass, and go to Holy Communion, which requires a one-hour fast, and to be IN THE STATE OF GOD’S GRACE; one finds that 90%+ present themselves for this Most Blessed Sacrament unworthily. [God’s Judgment; not mine].

 1John.1 Verses 8 to 10 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

 1John.5 Verses 16 to 17 “If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal.

John.20 Verses 20 to 23” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. 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. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained”

 At this juncture I would like to share some relative information from a book entitled “THE SINNERS GUIDE”

By Venerable Louis of Grannada.

 Quoting Saint Augustine ; for those who might be unaware of it he fathered a child out of wedlock before being Converted. “I was plunged in iniquity, and Thy anger was aroused against me, but I knew it not. I was deaf to the noise the chains of my sins made. BUT THIS IGNORANCE, THIS DEAFNESS WERE THE[God imposed] PUNISHMENTS OF MY PRIDE.”  …Psalm 33: 16-20 “The eyes of the Lord are upon the just: and his ears unto their prayers.  But the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil things: to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and he will save the humble of spirit. Many are the afflictions of the just; but out of them all will the Lord deliver them

Again from Saint Augustine: “men go to Hell through [a false] hope as well as despair at the hour of death.” The author wisely ask: “why did Christ send the Holy Spirit, if not to change your [desiring the flesh] for the “Spirit/” Isaiah 40: 10-13-14 “ For I am the Lord thy God, who take thee by the hand, and say to thee: Fear not, I have helped thee. Fear not, thou worm of Jacob, you that are dead of Israel: I have helped thee, saith the Lord: and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel.” And dear friend this was before the times of Grace. How much more true it must be now.! PJM   Romans 8:31-35What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us?  He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things?  Who shall accuse against the elect of God? God that justifieth. Who is he that shall condemn? Christ Jesus that died, yea that is risen also again; who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword?

God demands that all “hear and obey;” but God stand nearby anxious to help and assist those that take Him seriously and are willing to “pay” the admission price for Eternal Happiness with God in Heaven. “TURN BACK TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART; DON’T LET SIN KEEP US APART; LONG HAVE I WAITED FOR YOU’RE COMING HOME TO ME.”

Anything and everything that is “good”; comes at a price. We can choose to pay it now; or be justly judged and pay it for all eternity. Amen. God never promised that it would always be easy; just POSSIBLE with His help.

Eph. 5: 6-17  Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief.  Be ye not therefore partakers with them.  For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light.  For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth; Proving what is well pleasing to God. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.  But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light; for all that is made manifest is light.  Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee.  See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise, But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.”

Follow Christ and pray much God Bless you,

Patrick

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

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