Teaching on the anointing by Fr Stefan

In the first reading this morning at mass we read, “the anointing that you received from him remains in you, so that you do not need anyone to teach you. But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false; 
just as it taught you, remain in him.”

The Catechism says, “Christ himself declared that he was marked with his Father’s seal. Christians are also marked with a seal: ‘It is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has commissioned us; he has put his seal on us and given us his spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.’ This seal of the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in his service, as well as the promise of divine protection in the great eschatological trial.”(1296) 

Cantatalamessa says in his book, ‘Sober intoxication of the Spirit’ says, “The event Jesus referred in these words is the baptism in the Jordan, when ‘God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power’ (Acts 10:38) It is precisely from this anointing that the name of Christ is derived. ‘He is called Christ because He was anointed by the Father with the Holy Spirit’ explained Tertullian.

St Irenaeus explains the anointing this way, “In the name of ‘Christ’ is implied the one who anointed, the one who was anointed and the the unction itself with which He was anointed, It is the Father who anointed, the son who was anointed, and the Holy Spirit Himself who was the anointing.” In the anointing we see the entire Trinity at work. 

Cantatalamessa quoting Saint Cyril writes, “Baptized in Christ and clothed in Christ, you have assumed a nature similar to that of the Son of God, having assumed a nature similar to that of the Son of God. having become partakers in Christ, you are properly called ‘Christ’ that is, consecrated, because God has said of you ‘…Do not touch my anointed ones..’ (Psalm 105:15) You were consecrated when you received the sign of the Holy Spirit. Baptized in the Jordan River, after imparting the fragrance of His Divinity to the water, Christ emerged from the water and the consubstantial Holy Spirit descended upon him. The same thing happened to you, after you were immersed in the sacred water and received the chrism, which is a figure of that which anointed Christ, i.e., the Holy Spirit…Thus, while the body is anointed with the visible ointment, the soul becomes sanctified by the holy and life-giving Spirit.” 


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