Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jesus is Lord (even for the Pope)

Here are some quotes by Blessed John Paul II about Jesus. Each quote focuses on the central Catholic belief that Jesus is God, Lord, Messiah, Mediator, and Savior of mankind. I assembled these quotes because the primary mission of the Catholic Church is to bring men and women to salvation through Christ. Some people forget this fact and don't even realize the pope preaches as such, but it's true!

1. Homily, Inauguration of His Pontificate, October 22, 1978
"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Mt 16:16). These words were spoken by Simon, son of Jonah, in the district of Caesarea Philippi... They were the words of Faith. These words mark the beginning of Peter's mission in the history of salvation, in the history of the People of God... In those words is the faith of the Church. In those same words is the new truth, indeed, the ultimate and definitive truth about man: the son of the living God -- "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
2. Homily, December 12, 1979
Dear brothers and sons: you are therefore called to bear witness to your Catholic faith in all its purity; you are called to be witnesses to the victory of Christ’s love, not as an abstract power, but as it touches your own lives and consecrates your own freedom... Countless men, women and children will look to you to find Christ. From the depths of their being they will plead with you in the words of the Gospel: "We wish to see Jesus." Like the Apostle Philip you must show Jesus to the world -- Jesus and no substitute, for there is salvation in no other name. 
3. Homily, February 22, 1980
Jesus Christ is the center of the universe and of history. He alone is the Redeemer of every human being. In God’s inscrutable providence I have been chosen to continue the mission of Peter and to repeat with similar conviction: "You are the Messiah - the Christ - the Son of the living God." Nothing in my life and ministry can take precedence over this mission: to proclaim Christ to all the nations, to speak of his marvelous goodness, to tell of his power to save, and to assure every man and woman that whoever believes in Christ will not die but will have eternal life.
4. Homily, April 28, 1981
The name of the Crucified and Risen Jesus must be held up before the world. In the name of Jesus, the Church offers to all individuals and peoples an invincible hope -- a hope that can overcome all sadness, take away all pessimism, conquer all sin and finally overcome death itself. The Risen Christ gives hope to the world. In the name of Jesus there is the hope of salvation, resurrection and newness of life. Indeed, "of all the names in the world given to men this is the only one by which we can be saved" (Rom 6:4).
5. Homily, February 12, 1982
God wills all people to be saved, that all should come to share in his gifts of unity and justice, integrity and peace. The origin and foundation of evangelization is the saving action of God himself, the salvific love of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit poured forth upon all mankind. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was sent by his Father. Christ in turn breathed forth his Spirit upon the Apostles and sent them and their successors to bring the Good News of salvation to the people of every age and culture, of every nation and race. It was the Holy Spirit who would inspire all apostolic efforts and bring them to completion.
6. Audience, April 13, 1983 (massaged from Google Translate, originally in Italian)
Only God is the Savior: that man cannot be saved through his efforts and all human salvation comes from God, had been taught by Old Testament revelation. Yahweh said to his people: "And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me." (Isiah 45:21). With this statement, however, God also assured that he would not abandon man to his fate. And it was defined as one who is God the Savior, manifested with the coming of Jesus Christ on earth, that he really was.
7. Homily, March 31, 1984 (massaged from Google Translate, originally in Italian)
Jesus Christ offers man total salvation. In that sense, we must understand the prophetic and eschatological words of Isaiah: "(God) himself comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind... and ears of the deaf, the lame leap like a deer, the tongue of the dumb will raise songs of triumph, as water will gush in the wilderness and stream in the desert" (Isaiah 35: 4-6). It is an explosion of joy, expressed with live images, in front of the salvation of the remnant of Israel returned from slavery to flourish to the promised land, and, at the same time, an explosion of joy in the prospect of the consummation of salvation that will come through the redemptive work of the Son of God Jesus Christ.
8. Homily, October 20, 1985 (massaged from Google Translate, originally in Italian)
Although the Second Vatican Council expressed a deep respect for the non-Christian religions, the Church remains compelled by the love of Christ to extend the invitation [of salvation]: "The love of Christ impels us," said Saint Paul. He also said, "Woe to me if I preach not the Gospel" (1 Cor 9: 16). It is the same apostle in Romans... who writes: "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your love that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved... He himself is generous unto all that call upon him" (Rom 10:9,12). Therefore the Church -- as the Apostle -- can not stop the distribution of this wealth of salvation offered by God to all men in Jesus Christ his Son.
9. Homily, August 10, 1993
"Jesus is Lord"! (Rom 10:9). He is "rich in mercy toward all who call upon him" (10:12). The Liturgy today repeats these words of Saint Paul, the Apostle of the Nations. Jesus is the Lord! He is our Redeemer, the Savior of all peoples. "There is no other name in the whole world by which we are to be saved" (Acts 4: 12)... In the Old Testament, Israel’s hope for salvation was symbolized by the mountain of the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem... Today the way to salvation leads no longer to the mountain of the Temple but to Jesus Christ himself, to the Son of God, the Word made flesh who dwells among us (Jn 1:14).
10. Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia in Europa, June 28, 2003
[F]aith in Jesus Christ, the source of the hope that does not disappoint; a gift which is at the origin of the spiritual and cultural unity of the European peoples and which both today and tomorrow can make an essential contribution to their development and integration... [T]he Church stands at the beginning of the third millennium with a message which is ever the same, a message which constitutes her sole treasure: Jesus Christ is Lord; in him, and in no one else, do we find salvation (Acts 4:12)... Consequently, in the context of the ethical and religious pluralism which increasingly characterizes Europe, there is a need to profess and proclaim the truth of Christ as the one Mediator between God and men and the one Savior of the world... For believers, Jesus Christ is the hope of every person because he grants eternal life.