In my search for the truth I realize more and more that the Catholic Church has it all and so my friends I want you all to know the main thing that the Catholic Church offers.
First and foremost, we believe it was started by Jesus Christ. That he appointed Peter to lead it when he said to him “you are the Rock and upon this Rock I will build my Church”. Because of that the Apostles looked to Peter for leadership. He was the center point of contact for all the Apostles when they all went out to preach the good news of the risen Christ. The Catholic church did not just all of a sudden pop up and start its customs and religious acts of worship, it evolved as it was being led by the Holy Spirit. In fact, the name “Catholic Church” was not used until 110 A.D. It was used to distinguish it from other groups that also call themselves the church. Saint Ignatius of Antioch, a disciple of Saint John, used it in a letter and the name stuck. The Catholic Church has a distinct way of honoring and worshiping God. It was taught to us by Jesus Christ. The Holy Catholic Mass is our principle form of worship.
During our Holy Mass, we do one important religious act of honoring God. It was done by Jesus. The Apostles have continued it since then. It is the offering of Bread and Wine sacrifice to God. It is similar to what the High Priest Melchizedek made when he met Abraham after the great battle of the Kings. There are a lot of similarities to the Melchizedek and Jesus Christ’s new priesthood that cannot be covered in this article. I hope curiosity will motivate you to look it up. Most of the articles I have written are styled to motivate the reader to want to know more. For now, just know that Jesus was the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek the great high priest that always was and always will be. Our Catholic Priests follow Jesus the new High Priest’s teachings.
Let us first remember what Jesus said and did at the last Supper when he created the Eucharist. He said, “do this in remembrance of me”. So, our ordained Priest does exactly what Jesus showed the Apostles to do. During Mass, he makes an offering to God of bread and wine. Then by repeating the words Jesus said the offering becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Yep, the Lord’s presence is now there on the altar. He is there waiting to become a part of us. We then are allowed to eat and drink the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Catholics have been doing this since after Jesus rose from the dead then ascended into heaven.
When Jesus was preaching to the people he said “I am the living bread which came down from Heaven. If any man eats of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world”. Then Jesus said to them “Amen, Amen I say into you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you”. Although this statement made him lose a lot of followers he never explained to them how they were to be able to consume his flesh and blood. The twelve Apostle stayed with Jesus. They truly believed he was the Messiah. The ones who abandoned Jesus did not know he was going to institute the Holy Eucharist. The Apostles figured it out later. The Holy Spirit was dwelling amongst them just as Jesus promised and it revealed many things to them. We Catholics truly believe our Eucharist is the Lords Body and Blood. It is an offering by which we give thanks to God. Through it we show gratitude to Jesus for all the suffering he went through in order to make man worthy to be saved. We thank him for giving us a way to be forgiven for our sins due to times of our weaknesses. This sacrament puts us in a state of Grace which prepares us to consume the Eucharist. This gives the Holy Spirit a proper vehicle to dwell in. With the Holy Spirit dwelling in us we can do good works for God and are on the route to be with God when we are raised from the dead. We can look forward to life everlasting.
Remember this: our lives here on earth are temporary. We are just passing through. We can be a part of God when we allow him to dwell in us. On judgement day in what state of being will you be in. Our Catholic Church prepares you for that day.
Peace and Love to you all, Joe M. Govea, a devout Catholic whose duty is to evangelize.