Season of Glory

 Season of Glory, of the Living Seasons of Change series, covers weeks of the Ascension, Pentecost, the Trinity, and the Body and Blood of Christ. The Radio Show airs June 2011 on Catholic radio KDUA. Hosted by Patti Brunner and Monsignor David LeSieur, VF, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock    See the outline and references below of this program.

Outline of Season of Glory  The total commitment of the Lord to his people.  As the Trinity, each Person, adapts the needs of the people of GodA Father to emulate, to provide for his children, the one who set the course for salvation by requiring the obedience of the Son The Son whose love for the Father can be imitated in word and deed The Spirit who provides the bond of man to God, the grace, the communication, the Relater who connects the spirit of man to the source of all life 

The Father and Son and Holy Spirit combine to provide the food for life—the Body & Blood of the Christ.  Man can survive but not flourish without the Bread come down from heaven.  What a gift!  And given to those who need it so, even after they turn away from the God who has given them the path of Life. 

The Ascension is also a gift of Glory for it is through the return of Christ to the Father that magnifies the kingdom to those who live in darkness. 

In the celebration of Pentecost the “Church” is born because the knowledge of God in the hearts of men opens the door to truth and understanding.  Without this man would have turned in fear and would have “died out”.  The Spirit makes sure the inheritance continues—even when the hearts of men are black with self, the truth survives and revives.   

It is not up to a particular time place or person, yet each of these are used by the Spirit to expand the Kingdom of God.  Reach out for all that the Lord has made possible for you.  Accept these glorious feasts into your lives.  Use them to grow and expand the kingdom of God in your own life and in the world.References for Season of Glory [Use link for full reading; CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church]Acts 2: 8 The apostles have been redeemed, but they are still cowering in fear.  “Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” 8 Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples.”Through the Ascension, Jesus is returning to the Father to be glorified and so He can send us the Spirit. 663 Henceforth Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father: “By ‘the Father’s right hand’ we understand the glory and honor of divinity, where he who exists as Son of God before all ages, indeed as God, of one being with the Father, is seated bodily after he became incarnate and his flesh was glorified.”CCC1812 The human virtues are rooted in the theological virtues, which adapt man’s faculties for participation in the divine nature: for the theological virtues relate directly to God. They dispose Christians to live in a relationship with the Holy Trinity.  They have the One and Triune God for their origin, motive, and object.

John 3:16 God so loved the world that He gave His only son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life

Matthew 28:17 “The 11 disciples went to Galilee when they saw him, they worshipped and they doubted.

Matthew 28: 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.”  Then Jesus introduces us to the fullness of the Trinity when He tells us to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

CCC 1996 Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is     favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the  divine nature and of eternal life.  

CCC1997 Grace is a participation in the life of God. It introduces us  into the intimacy of Trinitarian life: by Baptism the Christian  participates in the grace of Christ, the Head of his Body. As an “adopted son” he can henceforth call God “Father,” in union with the only Son. He receives the life of the Spirit who breathes charity into him and who forms the Church.

Exodus 3:14 God reveals His  name to Moses

Matthew 28:20  “Teaching them all that I have commanded you.”

Matthew 28:18      All power on earth and heaven has been given to Me, so, therefore, go

Matthew 28: 20 Jesus says, “make disciples, baptize them, teach them, then, behold I am with you always until the end of age.

CCC 731 On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a divine person:  of his fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance. (Acts 2:33-36)

CCC 732  On that day, the Holy Trinity is fully revealed.  Since that day, the Kingdom announced by Christ has been open to those who believe in him:  in the humility of the flesh and in faith, they already share in the communion of the Holy Trinity.  By his coming, which never ceases, the Holy Spirit causes the world to enter into the “last days,” the time of the Church, the Kingdom already inherited though not yet consummated.  “We have seen the true Light, we have received the heavenly Spirit, we have found the true faith:  we adore the indivisible Trinity, who has saved us.” (Byzantine liturgy)

CCC 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 Holy Spirit will come and we shall know him; he will be with us for ever; 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.

Jesus promised to send us the Holy Spirit to keep us connected with him. CCC788 When his visible presence was taken from them, Jesus did not leave his disciples orphans. He promised to remain with them until the end of time; he sent them his Spirit. As a result communion with Jesus has become, in a way, more intense: “By communicating his Spirit, Christ mystically constitutes as his body those brothers of his who are called together from every nation.”  CCC 1101 The Holy Spirit  gives a spiritual understanding of the Word of God to those who read or hear it, according to the dispositions of their hearts. By means of the words, actions, and symbols that form the structure of a celebration, the Spirit puts both the faithful and the ministers into a living relationship with Christ, the Word and Image of the Father, so that they can live out the meaning of what they hear, contemplate, and do in the celebration.

CCC 684  “Through his grace, the Holy Spirit is the first to awaken faith in us and to communicate to us the new life, which is to “know the Father and the one whom he has sent, Jesus Christ.”…”

CCC1387 To prepare for worthy reception of this sacrament, the faithful should observe the fast required in their Church. Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest.

CCC1457 According to the Church’s command, “after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.” Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep contrition, without having first received sacramental absolution, unless he has a grave reason for receiving Communion and there is no possibility of going to confession. Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time.

CCC1385 To respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.”  Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion.

Precepts of the Catholic Church:  CCC 2042 … The second precept (”You shall confess your sins at least once a year.”) ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament   reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness. 

CCC2043 The fourth precept (”You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church”) ensures the times of ascesis and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.  

CCC1416 Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the communicant’s union with the Lord, forgives his venial sins, and preserves him from grave sins. Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.

CCC1393 Holy Communion separates us from sin. The body of Christ we receive in Holy Communion is “given up for us,” and the blood we drink “shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins.” For this reason the Eucharist cannot unite us to Christ without at the same time cleansing us from past sins and preserving us from future sins:  

For as often as we eat this bread and drink the cup, we proclaim the death of the Lord. If we proclaim the Lord’s death, we proclaim the forgiveness of sins. If, as often as his blood is poured out, it is poured for the forgiveness of sins, I should always receive it, so that it may always forgive my sins. Because I always sin, I should always have a remedy.  

CCC1394 As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins. By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him  

John 6:51-58 Jesus says, “Whoever eats this bread lives forever.”   “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life.”    “Who feeds on Me will have life because of Me” and “Who eats this bread will live forever”

I Corinthians 10:16-17.Unity of the body.  “The cup of blessing that we bless–is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?  The bread that we break–is it not a participation in the body of Christ?  Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, because we all partake of the one loaf.”

Exodus 19:5   Moses goes up to the mountain and God tells him to tell the people, “If you would just hearken to my voice,(and) keep My  commandments, then you would be the Lord’s possession.” 

Joel 3:1-2 “Then afterward I will pour out my spirit upon all mankind.  Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; 2 Even upon the servants and the handmaids, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. 

Exodus 34:9 Moses said, “If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own.”

John 20:22-23 Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Luke 10:16 “who hears you, hears me”

1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Do not quench the Spirit.  20 Do not despise prophetic utterances. 21 Test everything; retain what is good.”

1 Corinthians 12:6-7  “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit…To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit”.  

Romans 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.”

CCC 684(cont’d)  “The Spirit is the last of the persons of the Holy Trinity to be revealed.”  “The Old Testament proclaimed the Father clearly, but the Son more obscurely.  The New Testament revealed the Son and gave us a glimpse of the divinity of the Spirit.  Now the Spirit dwells among us and grants us a clearer vision of himself.”