By Stefania Caterina and Tomislav Vlašić
Dearest brothers and sisters,
We will continue with our reflections. Today’s reflection is very important; it will prepare us for the next; both are closely linked to each other: we will speak about the foundation of the Church. Jesus became man, died, rose again, ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father but He also remained on Earth in favour of the whole universe within those who have received Him and have been through the inner death of their selfishness and corruption by living in Christ and by living Christ; both this message and this commitment are not only meant for the Earth but for the whole universe. So, let us listen to this passage.
From the book, “The Universe and its Inhabitants”, page 185.
The Church and her universal mission
The people of Israel, who had been the first to be called to testify the coming of the Saviour, stepped aside refusing Jesus Christ. A new people were needed who believed in Jesus Christ and were able to testify to the rest of humanity what Jesus had accomplished. God always makes use of a people because He wants His children to participate actively in His work. For this reason, Jesus had called twelve apostles to Him; also, many disciples followed Him during His earthly life; they were a little rest of Israel who had received Jesus and believed in Him. In view of their mission Jesus had explained many things to them. Among them there was Simon, called Peter, who first was the head of the twelve apostles and then of the emerging Church. After Jesus’ death, that little rest of Israel, who had followed the Lord and believed in Him, gathered around Peter. It was he who gave strength to the bewildered apostles and disciples who thought that Jesus had died; again it was he who ran to the tomb where Jesus was laid to find it empty. Finally, Peter was to openly announce the resurrection of Jesus, with his memorable speech to the Jews reported in the Bible (Acts 2:14- 41). Peter was the rock on which Jesus founded a new people. He suffered the same martyrdom of his Master and Lord.
Jesus did not choose Peter to be the foundation of His Church out of personal sympathy or for some particular merits of him. He chose him because Peter was the first among the apostles to understand and to openly profess the truth that the Church would proclaim throughout the centuries. Peter said, “You are the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:16). Peter made an extraordinary profession of faith to which he came because his spirit was profoundly united to God. That was because he loved Jesus Christ and was united to God through Him in the Holy Spirit; therefore, his spirit was elevated far beyond human experience. In fact, Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church”. That community is the Church, the people of God who emerged from the sacrifice of Christ.
Jesus founded His Church on Earth for the benefit of the whole universe. Just as Jesus was born on Earth to save the entire universe, in the same way the Church was founded on Earth to spread the Kingdom of God to the whole universe. It was the first cell of the Kingdom of God, destined to bind to itself many other cells until forming a single body: the universal Church. So God wanted the Church of the Earth to announce salvation to all other humanities of the universe. The great plan for the recapitulation of the whole universe in Christ had begun.[]
Jesus had openly spoken to His apostles about the existence of other brothers and sisters in the universe and taught long on this subject.[] After all, the existence of other humanities was known to Israel: the people had seen the work of the humanities of the universe who were faithful to God; they had helped them several times during the Exodus from Egypt. The memory of the miracles of the Exodus was kept alive among the people even if, after some time, the figures of the faithful brothers were often confused with those of angels. However, the idea of life beyond Earth was not so distant to the Israelites.
Jesus had made it clear to the apostles that salvation carried out by Him was to reach every person of good will, and that the Church was the foundation, the first cell of His Kingdom, intended to expand throughout the universe.
Why is there no trace of all this in the Gospel? It is because the Gospel reports the public preaching of Jesus and Jesus had not spoken to the crowd about the mysteries of the universe but only to His apostles and some of His trusted disciples. In fact, Jesus knew very well that the people would not be able to understand immediately such a reality burdened as they were of the difficulties of daily life. Poor people basically remained outside of the rabbinic religious teachings. Religious knowledge had become limited to elite groups while the people participated in common rituals; every one learned as much as was necessary to be part of the community. Therefore, the public preaching of Jesus aimed at helping people in their daily concerns, in earthly matters, by using a simple language that often referred to examples taken from everyday life.
Jesus was aware of the fact that the deeper and more delicate truths of the universe needed to be taken in slowly. Most people would not have understood. Even less the heads and teachers of Israel who had not accepted the teachings of Jesus from the beginning. Therefore, Jesus said to Nicodemus:” “We speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?” (John 3:11-13)
Jesus could have given signs of the existence of the brothers and sisters of the universe; who could have prevented Him from doing so? For example, He could have called the entire fleet of spaceships of the high universe, and they would have hurried and revealed themselves. But this is not the way God acts: God does not want to impress and fascinate as Lucifer does with weak and ambitious men. God wants man to walk towards Him and come to believe through an act of faith and in freedom. Faith in God is not only a gift but also an achievement. When man opens up to faith, he accepts by faith also what he is not immediately able to understand. God sees man’s faith and gives him signs that confirm his faith and lead him to understand. The signs of God are never ends in themselves but require a journey of faith. Superficial men do not understand this: they expect signs in order to change their conduct and are disappointed.
God gives no signs to the lukewarm and the indifferent. It is true that sometimes He gives striking signs when a man must awaken to a particular mission; or when He wants to spur a whole people. This happened, for example, in the conversion of St. Paul or during the Marian apparitions; this serves as a first impulse; then God withdraws the signs and calls for a journey of faith. As the person acquires confidence in the journey, the Lord continues to confirm, but the signs are more and more interior because the Holy Spirit acts from within and opens the spiritual intelligence that is in each of you. Those who do not believe, however, despise the signs of God but still invoke them only to challenge the Lord: “He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. (Mt 27:42). So they said while laughing: the heads of the priests, the teachers of the law and other authorities at the foot of the Cross while Jesus was in agony. God does not respond to the requests of such people.
Before ascending to Heaven and returning to His glory with the Father, Jesus had clearly explained the apostles their mandate: “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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19-20)
The announcement of salvation should therefore be brought to the whole universe. How could all this have happened, considering the level of civilization of the Earth and the meager means available to the early Church? To answer this question it is necessary to understand first what had occurred in the rest of the universe after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Let us think about these words. You may read the book, “Jesus, UFOs, Aliens”, from Armin Kreiner, professor of fundamental theology at the catholic faculty in Munich. He has analyzed all the signs that people on Earth could observe in recent times. He says that 40% of the Germans believe that there is life in the universe. He comes to the conclusion that it would be appropriate to open up to this issue, but there are difficulties. For him especially two aspects weigh heavily: the geocentrism of the Church of the Earth that will not open up; the second important aspect is lack of experimental knowledge, that is, empirical experience of what is out there in the universe. You can find the answers to the question of this theologian in this book. First of all St. Peter and St. Paul have testified that they have met the faithful brothers, the brothers of the universe faithful to God. As you know, St. Paul spoke about his mission to the pagans – he meant the mission in the whole universe. He says that in his experiences he was taken to the third heaven (2 Cor 12:1-5). We have told you about our experiences as God took us to visit several planets of the low universe who do not know Jesus Christ. They have no memory; they do not know their identity or their origins; they do not even know that there is a true God. We have written and testified it far and wide, however, I do not expect you to believe what I have set before you; I do not want it to be a burden for you.
Today I would like to ask you Christians a few questions: why have so many Christians, baptised and confirmed, left the Church? Why do so many young people join oriental spiritual movements outside the Church, and why are there no vocations within the Church? If the Church believes that Jesus Christ is the Lord, the Lord of the universe, why is this so? I want to ask you if you Christians are able to say like St. Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20)? And I will ask another question: are the Christians on Earth committed to testifying the life and the resurrection of Jesus, or are they struggling for survival? And are there among them corrupt people like all others and perhaps even worse? Those who left the Church say that they did not recognise the face of God in the Church. The non-believers justify themselves by saying that they have not seen Christ in her. We have testified that we have baptised in spirit Mahatma Gandhi. He turned up in spirit and said, “I would like to be baptised. When I was on Earth, I did not see in the Church and in the Christians the face of Christ. Now that I am in the afterlife and I have seen you testifying Jesus Christ I want to be baptised and offer myself for my people; offer yourselves too for my people”. Think about this.
So let us reflect together. What kind of thing is this Church founded by Jesus Christ? Let us focus on the twelve apostles. What are the characteristics of these men? They did not live for themselves but for Christ. They are all martyrs; they were dead to themselves. Baptised Christians should be people who are dead in Christ, dead to themselves and alive in Christ and for Christ. They should express the face of Christ in their life. We are Christians. The guiding thread of all our messages is that we must return to Christ, offer ourselves to Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the same way as He offered Himself for us. Often Christians expect that God solves their problems and they prey a rosary, a little prayer, as if they were at the cash machine to get solutions for their problems instead of living Christ. Our offer to Christ through Mary is simply our openness to go beyond the borders of our possibilities and to allow God to take us beyond our limits through Christ. Without this we will have no inner knowledge.
In the passage above we have read that St. Peter recognized Jesus: “You are the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God”, it was explained that this happened because, “he loved Jesus Christ and was united to God through Him in the Holy Spirit; therefore, his spirit was elevated beyond human experience “, and Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church”. Why is it necessary to prove scientifically what exists in the universe after it has been revealed to us? God reveals the mystery to those who love Him and wish to participate in His life. If man does not want to step out of his egocentrism and if the Christian does not want to step out of the geocentrism of the Church, how can God give him revelations? God cannot give His life and then be shut in the box of a selfish man, an egocentric person. So, if we want to be ready to receive the light of knowledge about the universe and to understand everything that the prophets have said – and there are some even today – we have to be real Christians who die to themselves to live in Christ.
There is another aspect and I would like to raise another question of current interest: it is said that the Church is getting closer to the world; do you think it brings Jesus Christ closer to the people? Does today’s Church bring the people to Jesus? Does it point to Christ? This is an important question! Christians might lose themselves in human considerations about human needs. Getting closer to man to put man in the centre of life instead of putting God in the centre, that is not the way Jesus went to take us to the Father.
There is another aspect of the Church: God has made the first cell; Jesus has founded the first cell: the twelve apostles. Why the twelve apostles? He did not choose them to favour them or to make them kings, powerful people or governors to satisfy their ambitions; He chose them to live the communion in Christ. God needs a people, a Christian people, who know how to live in Christ. In this sense we have spoken about the nuclei that will have to be built. No one who sticks to his individualism will mature as a Christian. The meaning of the Church is to be united in the Holy Trinity and to convey the One and Triune God here on Earth. Look at which people manage to live together nowadays even among married Christians, divorced people, communities and movements.
I hope you will contemplate in these days all the aspects I have pointed out and that you pray. The next time we will speak about the descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary Most Holy, the apostles and disciples; this can only happen within us if we do not live for ourselves but for Christ and if we live together like in a cenacle; that will take us to the cosmic Pentecost so that everyone and everything will be recapitulated in Christ. Without these inner steps the whole universe remains a mystery and God cannot reveal it to us; instead it will be revealed as a judgement in the end because we will not have believed. In the passage above the transition from faith to knowledge is very well explained and also that the Spirit of God leads man and confirms his steps; but if there is no faith, if man is not confident in himself and in his work, he will never take action. Faith in God is the sign that the soul created in God’s image is moving towards his fellow, towards the image that is in God. Without this awakening that God has given us by opening the seals within us, who have been baptised, we cannot get out of our geocentric and egocentric shell. Think carefully about this; prepare yourself with prayer and try to participate in this work because the Church of the Earth has to bear witness to the whole universe.
I bless you with all the saints and all the righteous and together with Mary Most Holy and St. Joseph. I bless you with all the positive forces in the universe which are at the disposal of God and the power of the Trinity that is acting intensively in this time so that you might be awakened and at the same time decide to be part of the living Church where Christ is alive and risen in you; in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
[] See the message of St. Peter the Apostle of August 21, 2012, “The Universal Mission of the Church”, published on February 7, 2013, on the site www.towardsthenewcreation.com; the message of St. Paul the Apostle of August 30, 2012, “A New Time for the Church of God”, published on February 23, 2013. Both messages are contained in the book “2012 La scelta decisiva dell’umanità”. Publisher Edizioni Luci dell’Esodo.