Sunday, February 22, 2009

Catholic Challenge of the Week (Feb. 22 to 28)

Q1. What is meant by ‘He ascended into Heaven’?

 

Q2. Did Christ ascend alone into Heaven?

 

Q3. For what purpose did Christ ascend into Heaven?

 

Q4. What means, ‘Sitteth at the right hand of God’?

 

Q5. Is Christ, then, not present in all places?

 

Please try to answer the questions (you may answer just 1 or 2 question(s) if you wish) using the Comments feature. Answers will be posted automatically on Sunday (March 1st) at 3 AM.

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Answers for Last Week:

Q1. What means, ‘He descended to the dead’?

A1. That the soul of Jesus Christ, after His death, descended into ‘Limbo’---i.e., to the place where the souls of the just who died before Christ were detained, and were waiting for the time of their redemption.

Q2. What means, ‘the third day He rose again from the dead’?

A2. That on the third day after His death Christ reunited, by His own power, His soul to His body, as He had foretold, and rose again from the grave.

Q3. Why has Jesus still retained the marks of His sufferings in His glorified body?
A3. 1. In testimony of His victory over hell; 2. As a proof that He rose again in the very same body in which He had suffered; and 3. To show them on the day of judgment, for the consolation of the just and for the confusion of the wicked. 
Q4. What effect ought the doctrine of the Resurrection of Christ to produce in us?

A4. It ought 1. To strengthen our belief in His Divinity, and our hope of our own future resurrection; and 2. To incite us to rise from the death of sin to a new and holy life. 

Moral Application:

He who is still deeply buried in the grace of sin---i.e., in evil habits or sinful desires---is not risen yet to a new life. All our thoughts, all our exertions, should tend towards Heaven. ‘If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of Go. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth’ (Col. iii. 1,2).