How is this possible? The angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever and of his kingdom there will be no end. The death of Jesus is more than sufficient to redeem the sins of the world, because he is the Son of the Most High. The sacrifice of an eternal being is eternally effective.
This is the heart of the Gospel, that God became man, so that his Blood will redeem us from our sins. St Paul says anyone who proclaims a different gospel is condemned. What is the different gospel proclaimed by others?
- That we can do anything we want, since God loves us. By believing this, they are saying there is no need for redemption. So if there is no need for redemption, then Jesus did not need to come.
- Another gospel prevalent today is that we just need to do good and serve the poor and we will get to heaven. This means we do not need Jesus to die because we can be holy on our own effort. This contradicts what the Second Reading says that we are sanctified by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.
- Another common error today is since the offering of Jesus sanctified us once and for all, I can do anything I want because I am already saved. This also contradicts the Second Reading that says I have come to do your will. Doing whatever I want is doing my will and not God’s will.
I John 2:2-3 tells us: By this is the spirit of God known. Every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God. When we believe that Jesus came to sanctify us by his death, we have the Spirit of God. But when we believe the errors mentioned above, then John says it is of the Antichrist. In his John 2, John speaks of many antichrists who went out from us but were never of us. We should be careful from whom we listen. Being Catholic is to believe Jesus came to sanctify us. If we stray from what the Church has taught through the centuries, we are saying Christ did not have to die. This is of the antichrist.
Lord Jesus, thank you for becoming man. Thank you for dying for me. Let me cling to you and believe it is by your death that I am saved, that I am sanctified by the offering of your body. Mother Mary, lead me to Jesus. Never let me be misled by the spirit of the antichrist.