Fr Rodney Kissinger, S.J.
The Church had its origin in the EXISTENTIAL Gospel, the actual life, death and resurrection of Jesus and descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. (1-30)
The Church is the author and compiler of the WRITTEN Gospel, the New Testament. (51- 100) Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which it received at Pentecost, the Church authored the New Testament.
“The proclamation of the Gospel is the reason for and the mission of the Church.” Pope Benedict XVI
COMMISSION OF JESUS “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matt. 28: 19 – 20)
All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…and the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son full of grace and truth.” John 1: 1-14) “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jo. 3:16) “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased listen to him.” (Matt. 17:5)
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations
“Come follow me.” “I will make you fishers of men.”
“It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called Christian.”
baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit
We are all born simply as human beings with the dignity and responsibility of being human.
Baptizing them means initiating them into Christianity.
Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” “Love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Rom.13:10)
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you so you also should love one another.” “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 34-35)
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, what is your state in life, what is your job - what matters, and without which nothing else matters, is that you love. Love is the divine alchemy that transforms the most insignificant task into spiritual gold.
“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love I am nothing.” (1 Cor.13: 1-3)
I am with you always until the end of the age
“and the Word was God.” (1 John 1)
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