January 14, 2017 2:00 pm

Why Do Catholics Call Jesus “Christ?”
“Christ” is not Jesus’ last name, but a title. It comes from the Greek “Christos,” which means “Anointed One.” Ancient Jews enthroned their kings in a ceremony by anointing the with oil. This anointing distinguished the king as being the one chosen by God to deliver Israel from its enemies. So in calling Jesus “Christ,” Christians affirm not only his Lordship over all creation, but also his mission as Savior and the promised Messiah of the Jews.