Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Subtle is the Rainbow

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

 A little color goes a long way...

Francesco di Giovanni Botticini was a Renaissance painter
1446-1498
 Florence, Italy


Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Mary and the Matter/Mass that is Jesus Christ, XIII

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


Msgr. Anthony A. La Femina - Copyright © 2000

Looks like we made it!
Annunciation/Fiat/Incarnation
On this this Solemnity of the Annunciation
Feast of the first Joyful Mystery
we come full circle back
to the fullness of time when God 
assumed human nature and became Man.

This is why matter matters
and why Mary is central to our faith. 

"all generations shall call me blessed."
Luke 1:48


Here is a great read
and an EWTN video
exploring this matter:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjYAjKr4rwM&feature=youtu.be

Hail Mary, full of grace, 
the Lord is with thee
blessed are thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour
of our death, 
Amen

Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mary and the Matter/Mass that is Jesus Christ, XII

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

FirstFruit of the Womb/Tomb



The Virginal Conception and Virginal Birth of Jesus Christ are immutable doctrines of the Faith of Our Fathers. They are two of the three super critical interventions of God (divine actions, energeia) into the laws of nature (the other being the Resurrection). The Institution of the Holy Eucharist is a fourth such event and it is in a sense the timeless abiding fruit of the first three.

Pope Benedict XVI made this point in the Infancy Narratives of his work, Jesus of Nazareth—the Holy Father's noble attempt to bring our increasingly secular world to an appreciation of this central reality.

Yes, modern man's penchant for relativism has changed all this. Today mankind conceives of a God that "is allowed" to act in matters of the mind, i.e., in spiritual affairs, but not in the physical realm, as if matter is beyond His scope or reach. 

Pope Benedict argues quite emphatically, "God is God and he does not operate merely on the level of ideas." He continues, the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection "are the cornerstones of faith." For if God "does not also have power over matter, then he simply is not God." 

The Incarnation and the Birth of Jesus from the Virgin Mary are fundamental elementssacred mysteries of our faith reaffirmed by Catholics in the Nicene Creed each and every Sunday Mass. We rightly bow to this divine action of the Holy Spirit in the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is an act of creation, not procreation for it marks the recapitulation of the primordial beginning of human history. This re-beginning of creation is a return to paradise lost, the earthly reality of Eden prior to the fall.

Thus St. Paul can indeed refer to Jesus Christ as the new Adam (whereas the Second Eve is Mary):

But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep: For by a man came death, and by a man the resurrection of the dead. And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. But every one in his own order: the firstfruits Christ, then they that are of Christ, who have believed in his coming.  
1 Corinthians 15:22-24

We must remember that God does not serve as the biological father of Jesus. St. Joseph is His foster father for one very good reason...the mystery of faith.

By emptying himself and assuming human nature through the divine action of the Holy Spirit in the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Son of God mystically lives as hypostatic God-Man the Doxology of The Liturgy of the Eucharist in Holy Mass...through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor is yours Almighty Father, forever and ever...

To this we humbly respond... AMEN.

Then with Jesus we pray ...OUR FATHER.

Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael