Saturday, May 15, 2010

Christus Vincit

The expression above – Christus Vincit (translated: Christ is victorious), only indicates the continuing victory of Jesus, as He himself predicted: “In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world” (Jn. 16:33).

The truths and teachings of Jesus are all based on facts, signs and miracles open to all. Even the promise made to St. Peter, the first pope, is realized in actual history: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16:18).

Since the teachings of Jesus, being spread through the evangelizing mission of the Church, are based on truth and facts, no wonder then that it leads to continuing and ultimate victory. After all, people are after the ultimate reality, that is, eternal salvation. Just as in business, people are after the real thing to their satisfaction, as once said – the customer is always right; so too in the real world people seek the truth, the sources of grace, the ultimate reality, the doctrines based on truth and facts, and accompanied by supernatural approbation of signs and miracles proven beyond doubt. The Bible’s words confirm the evangelizing work of the Church, saying: “And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it” (Mk. 16:18-20). Throughout the moral controversies of our world, it is the truth that will come out victorious. Jesus is the “way, the truth and the life” (Jn. 14:6). Amid confusion, ignorance, diversity and deception, people seek a guarantee of the truth and their ultimate salvation. Based on fact, not just on hearsay. For example, the Resurrection of Jesus is based on fact and many witnesses.

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