Prophecy From a Catholic Perspective (30) – Tune Into the Reality of the Spiritual World

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Continuing through the Catechism of the Catholic Church as it relates to prophecy:

729 Only when the hour has arrived for his glorification does Jesus promise the coming of the Holy Spirit, since his Death and Resurrection will fulfill the promise made to the fathers. The Spirit of truth, the other Paraclete, will be given by the Father in answer to Jesus’ prayer; he will be sent by the Father in Jesus’ name; and Jesus will send him from the Father’s side, since he comes from the Father. The Holy Spirit will come and we shall know him; he will be with us forever; he will remain with us. The Spirit will teach us everything, remind us of all that Christ said to us and bear witness to him. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will glorify Christ. He will prove the world wrong about sin, righteousness, and judgment.

730 At last Jesus’ hour arrives: he commends his spirit into the Father’s hands at the very moment when by his death he conquers death, so that, “raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,” he might immediately give the Holy Spirit by “breathing” on his disciples. From this hour onward, the mission of Christ and the Spirit becomes the mission of the Church: “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”

If you’re like me, you often muse about what it might be like if Jesus were still walking among us. We think of things in terms of the physical and temporal. We exist in our perception of reality of the 3 dimensions of space and one dimension of time. We say and believe that Jesus is still with us, and as Catholics we believe in the reality of the Eucharistic Lord. And while there are those people who are so tuned into the reality of the spiritual that they actually perceive that reality, if most of us are honest we’d admit that it is still a struggle.

I fully believe in the spiritual as a reality, even more real than our physical reality in many ways. However, I have to admit that in my day to day business the reality of it gets lost.

Our God, however, has made Himself ever-present to us. The Holy Spirit is here with us in a much closer way than Jesus was with the Apostles. We are inspired, taught, and led by the Spirit. The Spirit guides Church teachings on the macro level, and guides each of us at the individual level. The Holy Spirit has been absolutely poured out to us, and resides within us through our Baptism and Confirmation.

Our gift during the “end-times” is the constant direct visitation of God with us.

We must continue to strive to perceive the reality of the Spiritual world as well as the physical world if we are to truly recognize, reciprocate and appreciate the company we all have.

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