Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Gospel Reflection 11/20/22
I think that as you two , Phillip, and David, continue dialogue together and listen to one another, you will both find you are saying the same thing in different words. I agree with both of you. I have long been a traditional Catholic Christian. I am 75. I have had a personal relationship with Jesus, the Christ, since my teens. I have read the Bible daily since my teens. I have attened daily Mass as often as possible, and prayed daily at least 3 times a day since my teens. Yet, until I openly by my free will embraced the Holy Spirit and was baptized in the Spirit, my faith had not become alive. My personal intimate love for and hope in and my total surrender to Our Lord was birthed in me by the coming of the Holy Spirit upon me. I knew and believed before that in baptism and confirmation , it takes both, I have been filled with the Holy Spirit. However, I passively received. When I actively embraced and surrendered to the Holy Spirit, I came alive, because thte Holy Spirit was now completely free to take possession of me. I think this is what David is saying. Catholics are not taught to actively with both heart and mind to open up and let the Spirit in. We believe the sacraments place the Spirit within us, and they do. But we must openly reach out and welcome the Holy Spirit in. In other words we can't be passive. We have a part to play too.
As you have said,brother!
I read the Universal Christ a number of years ago. At the time it was comforting. It acted like an airplane airbag- sustained me until I could understand the fuller truth. Now I can see the problems with what is described in much of the book, but if it sustains others until they can breathe a fuller truth, perhaps it has its value.
Christ presently functions as our High Priest intercessor at the right hand of the Father. When the people wanted to make Him king while He was on this earth, He refused it (cf. John 6:15). Even after His resurrection, he told His apostles that the time of His restoration of the kingdom to Israel was not for them to know (cf. Acts 1:6-7). This tells me that there is going to be a future fulfillment of Christ as King on this earth that has not happened yet.
The way to true holiness and oneness with Christ is through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit,or Holy Ghost; Acts 2:38.Most traditional Catholics aren't taught this,but as scripture states in in Joel 2:28,that in the last days,"My Spirit(God's) shall be poured out on all flesh!"This includes all Catholics who have faith and believe in the Word!