Google search engines reveal what people are most curious about. One frequently asked question is this: “Do Catholics worship Jesus?” We are excited to address this common question with a clear answer: YES! Catholics worship Jesus!
Since it seems there is confusion about this, allow me to elaborate. Catholics believe in the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is our belief because it is rooted in the Bible. Philippians chapter 2 describes the humility of God in taking our human form in order to save us out of love for us. He is the God who became man for our sake to save us by dying on the cross, bringing us to salvation and to heaven. In Heaven and on earth, we are all called to bow before Jesus Christ because He alone is Lord. There is no greater gift than His everlasting love, so we worship and adore Him.
He’s not only just Lord, He is the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the Alpha and the Omega. There is but One God- our God in three persons- and He alone is the only savior in the entire universe. What could possible supersede this? Nothing! Jesus is the only person who can get us into Heaven. The Book of Revelation says that people fall down before the throne and before the lamb and they worship Him. He is worthy and deserving of our worship.
Catholics absolutely worship Jesus, the second person of God, without any doubt. We worship God in His fullness, and Christ IS the second person of God. We worship none other than God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all in equal measure. (Some confuse Catholic devotion to Mary as worship akin to what is given to God, but this is not the case. Mary is the vessel by which Christ came to us. He bestowed His grace on her and loves her as the perfect woman she is. How could we not love what God loves? She wants nothing other than to lead us to her Son, Jesus Christ. We honor her for her steadfast role in being a helper to this end, and we worship God. This is an important differentiation.)
John chapter 1: 14 tells us: “And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”
He became man not for His sake, but for ours! This is worthy of praise and worship, so yes, Catholics worship and love Jesus.
Something to Consider
Every individual is on their own path; being a part of a group often implies certain attributes, but these are not guarantees. For instance, not all teachers are equally as knowledgeable; not all doctors are equally as skillful; not all tradesmen are equally as talented, etc. Not all Christians equally understand their faith as much as they would presume or hope that they do. This includes Catholics. I encourage all people, especially Catholics, who might not follow your faith as much, or read the Bible much, or feel that they know Jesus on a personal level, to CONSIDER READING the Bible. Start with the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. God speaks to us through Scripture. This is one of the most primary ways to know God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is waiting to have an encounter with you here!
If you aren’t sure what that looks like, try this: Before you read, find a quiet place, and start with a call to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to quiet your heart and for you to be open to Him. Then read a passage of Scripture or even a chapter of Scripture. If you find a word or phrase or thought that “pops out” to you, stop and dwell on this. Ponder why this stood out to you. Ask God to help you discern why this stands out, what He is trying to convey to you through this. Sit quietly with this, for this is a stirring of the Spirit in your heart. Sometimes nothing pops out immediately; that’s OK. Reread it and ask God to plant something in your heart. Remember, a conversation is not where one person does all the talking; you need to leave room to listen to Him.
Just start with this practice of reading. I suggest starting with the book of Matthew and reading a few lines or up to one chapter a day. It’s wonderful and it will change your life.
Read the Bible and get to know Jesus even more. You simply can’t love someone you don’t know, and through God’s very own voice in the Bible is how we get to know – and love- Jesus.