He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead.
“Scripture calls the home of the dead ‘hell’ because those who are there are deprived of the vision of God. Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before Him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 633) The death and resurrection of Jesus also works on another level, a source of new life for us as well. “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Cor 15:22 We connect to this not just at the end of our earthly lives, but within our earthly lives every time we let go of sin and draw closer to God. We experience ‘resurrection’ to the abundant life Jesus came to give us.
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
“Christ’s body was glorified at the moment of his Resurrection, as proven by the new and supernatural properties it subsequently and permanently enjoys. But during the forty days when He eats and drinks with his disciples and teaches them about the kingdom, His glory remains veiled under the appearance of ordinary humanity. Jesus’ final apparition ends with the entry of His humanity into divine glory, symbolized by the cloud and by heaven, where He is seated from that time forward at God’s right hand.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 659) Yet his power to influence the world and move in our hearts remains. How is God moving in my heart today?
Thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
The literal interpretation of this is that Jesus Christ will judge the living and the dead when He returns for Judgment Day at the end of the world. However, in our culture, we oftentimes associate the word ‘judge’ with close-minded, mean-spirited people. That does not sound like Jesus at all! Instead of judgment, think ‘justice’. Think about wrong being made right, good conquering evil, love wiping out hate. This is the role of Christ as he sits at the right hand of the Father. How can I help Jesus today in a world that seems out of control? How can I bring love where there is hatred, peace where there is turmoil and faith where there is doubt?
Catechism of the Catholic Church 678-682
I believe in the Holy Spirit.
Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who communicates God’s love to us. God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; it’s the role of the Spirit to infuse that love into our souls. We can know the Holy Spirit through the Church in the Scriptures He inspired, through prayer in which the Spirit intercedes for us, and in the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ. The Spirit of God also dwells within us. Have you ever felt moved to thank God because of a beautiful sunset, felt spiritual strength in a moment of weakness or found the power to resist temptation? If you answer yes, these are examples of how the Spirit works in our lives. I believe!
Catechism of the Catholic Church 221; 688 and Romans 15:13