Who is Jesus Christ?
The four gospels of the New Testament are the source of our knowledge of Jesus Christ. God the Holy Spirit, the Soul of the Church, has guided the Church in the proclamation, preservation, and deeper understanding of the truth about Jesus.
Jesus is “the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is true God and true man.” This is how the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults answers the question, “Who is Jesus Christ?”
The Catechism describes Jesus’ call to us and to all to live a “new way of life” as members of his kingdom. We do this through the gifts that Jesus won for us: our faith and hope in and love of Jesus Christ, our Baptism, our reception of Jesus in the Eucharist, and our dying to sin and rising to the new, kingdom life of Jesus, beginning now in this life.
The Catechism goes on to explain how the Church’s beliefs about Jesus were clarified in the early centuries of the Christian era. Councils of bishops restated the truth about the divinity and humanity of Jesus in the face of challenges to these truths.
According to the Catechism, all people are called to know Jesus Christ. “The mission of the Catholic Church is the Lord’s plan to unite all people in the love of Jesus Christ, the Savior of all.” How is Jesus calling each one of us to participate in this mission? (Fr Von Deeke)