In this letter by Bishop Fulgentius of Ruspe, his points supports the insights. "Notice at the conclusion of our prayer we never say, 'through the Holy Spirit,' but rather, 'through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.' Through the mystery of the Incarnation, Jesus Christ became man, the mediator of God and man. He is a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek. By shedding his own blood he entered once and for all into the Holy Places. He did not enter a place made by human hands, a mere type of the true one; but, he entered heaven itself, where he is at God's right hand interceding for us. Quite correctly, the Church continues to reflect this mystery in her prayer."
St. John of Avila, in his Second Sermon on the Holy Ghost, also comments: "Jesus Christ entered into heaven itself, says St. Paul, that he might appear in the presence of God to offer His passion and obtain the Holy Ghost for us. We will be helped through the intercession of Jesus Christ because we will receive the Holy Ghost."
Fulgentius, on the topic that Christ lives forever to make intercession for us, ends his letter: "We do not, however, only say 'your Son' when we conclude our prayer. We also say, 'who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.' In this way we commemorate the natural unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is clear, then, that the Christ who exercises a priestly role on our behalf is the same Christ who enjoys a natural unity and equality with the Father and the Holy Spirit."
This is an interesting next point. St. John of Avila perhaps challenges the thoughts of many, but if we ponder his words, we realize perhaps that we have fragmented Jesus from the fullness of His Person in the Trinity, as God. Perhaps we have held ourselves back from what Jesus wants to teach us and where He desires to lead us, just as the apostles were clinging to his humanity. Indeed, what do we image when we think of Jesus? What do we consider to be His Real Presence? Is it the Trinity?
Then St. John of Avila asks, "Do you think this is to esteem this feast [Pentecost] too highly? Jesus did all that He did in order that men might take part in this feast. So sings the Church at this time--To participate in His divinity: what does that mean? It means to celebrate this feast fittingly, to receive the Holy Ghost, who is God Himself....Cannot I get along well enough without the Holy Ghost? No, in deed. Woe to Him who has not the Holy Ghost within him."
And later in the sermon, again: "'He who has not the Spirit of Christ is none of His. Think over them, dwell on them. How do you feel about them? He who lives by his own spirit, does not belong to Christ. You are not to live according to your own intellect, your own will, or your own judgment; you are to live in the Spirit of Christ....Free yourselves from earthly cares so that you may receive in your hearts the Spirit of Christ. I should say 'of Jesus Christ' because the Spirit of God proceeds from Him as God and dwells in Him as Man."
Perhaps these words do not make sense or seem hard to apply to our daily lives and time in which we live. All I can share is that they make much sense to me and help me comprehend all the more why the troubles and conniptions of the temporal keep us ensnared even if they seem what others are doing--even, perhaps especially, in the temporal aspects of the Church--what St. Bernard terms "the visible Church." First we need to be people of Christ's Heart and Spirit; the temporal can unfold as it will, after, in ways that would astound us. Union with God means union with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and the Father. Our spirits (of which St. Teresa of Avila considers to be the deepest, richest, innermost part of us and encompasses our souls and all else within) must be open to and accepting of His Real Presence, the Trinity. To live in the Spirit of Christ is to live in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and They in us.
This morning my little ministry continued of positively reinforcing Catholics who exemplify fine Christian behaviors and witness. There were four or five contacts made, perhaps seven, including one heart-felt apology. Yes, I apologize to any I have upset or been frustrated with, or unkind to. This includes those I do not know personally who may read these posts. With the ecstasies during Mass and reading more of St. Teresa and other mystics who explain such matters, I understand that these phenomenon can go on for years until the soul is more purified and acceptable to His Real Presence for spiritual matrimony. Perhaps my soul will never be acceptable until long after death and the fires of purgatory. However, I do know that I expected Catholics to be very advanced in virtues, not envious, not proud, not controlling or icy, but very charitable and kind. We should not have expectations of others, but of ourselves; of this I'm sure now. All the more, I know His Real Presence has taught me that it is easy to get distracted by the too temporal aspects--negative ones, perhaps especially in the Church. It is best to seek balance within His Real Presence, and then we may find that there is not so much that needs to be accomplished otherwise, as faith, hope and love effectuate all.