Christ is the universal pattern because the Father created all things in the universe through Him and for Him. And

"God was made man,
that man might be made god."
(St. Augustine)

Naturally the soul is inclined toward the good but lacks the supernatural orientation which God intended from the beginning. The supernatural orientation of the soul toward God the Father, through Christ in the Spirit becomes a reality at baptism through contact of water with the human body and the words. "I baptize you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen ". It is a life of faith, hope and love in Jesus which must be developed by Church teaching, prayer and Sacraments as one journeys from life through death to new life. Baptism incorporates us into the mystery of Christ's Death and Resurrection; this dying with Christ to our fallen nature and being transfigured into his image and likeness involves a conscious effort on the part of every Christian to live the faith. Our way of thinking must at all times gravitate toward the message of Christ in such a way that ultimately the love of Christ must live supreme in our lives. St. Paul stated it in this way, "I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me." (Gal 2:20)

This transfiguration is taking place not only in the soul but also in the body, yet not visibly now for us, but Christ did show us his transfigured body. Teilhard de Chardin made this mystical observation, "The cosmos is fundamentally and primarily living .... Christ, through his Incarnation, is internal to the world, .... rooted in the world, even in the very heart of the tiniest atom.... Nothing seems to be more vital, from the point of view of human energy, than the appearance and eventually, the systematic cultivation of such a cosmic sense."

Since our transformation makes us images of Christ and sons by adoption of the Father we, by the vivifying faith and confidence of the Spirit address God as "Abba" or Father. Because of our sonship we have become a priestly nation, enabled to offer the Sacrifice of Christ daily to the Father for the salvation of he world. It is a sad commentary that today many Christian communities no longer have a valid priesthood or believe in offering the true sacrifice of Christ on the altar. Their communion services have become merely symbolical because they no longer believe that the priest has the power to transform bread and wine is into the real Divinity and Humanity of Christ.

Christ began his Kingdom with 12 apostles and placing Peter as their head. The Church he established has to be One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. Scripture alone can never be the foundation of the Church because it existed before the New Testament was written.

The final pattern is the Kingdom of God. God's kingdom is one of persons: Christ, Angels and Saints in which Christ is Lord because of his union with human nature which He retains for all eternity. Because the Son of God became man and died for our sins,

"God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."
(Phil. 1:10-11)

For the Kingdom,
the Power, and the Glory are Yours
now and forever.
Amen.