Saturday, September 22, 2012

Christus Vincit (Christ Conquers)

Looking at present world situations and beliefs, we cannot deny that without being pressured at all there are certainly many believers in Jesus Christ.  About a billion and a half subscribe to belief in Jesus Christ.  This is not by force or pressure but by conviction in the truth.  Jesus already encouraged and assured us in a parting message: “In our world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world” (Jn. 16:33).

Certainly in the Bible itself Christ never forced His believers to believe or follow Him, only by the attraction of truth and love.  That’s also the way we should relate with other religious denominations, to have an open attitude of respect, love and justice.  It’s important to follow Jesus’ ways.  Read Mk. 9:38: “John said to him: “Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.  But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me.  Anyone who is not against us is for us’.”

There is one common saying or popular proverb that says: TRUTH WILL OUT – meaning to say, one way or another, in spite of all efforts to conceal it, the truth will come to be known.  In the Holy Mass after the moment of Consecration we use to say: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.  Certainly in spirit, in prayer, in His power, Jesus is ever truthful in that final promise He confided to us before He left: “I am with you always; yes, to the end of time” (Mt. 28:20).  Echoing the victory of Jesus, in past history, Julian the Apostate was struck down by a lance on the battle field and died crying: “Vincisti Galileo!” (translate the Latin as: “Galilean, Thou has conquered!”

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