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  • Martin Luther King Jr.Dorothy DayGhandiMarc and Craig KielburgerSt. Maximilian KolbePhil FontaineMuktaran MaiBlessed Mother TeresaNelson Mandela
  • November 12, 2010

    1. 1. Chapters 5-8Confirmation PreparationNovember 12, 2010<br />
    2. 2. To Be a Prophet…<br />A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.<br />-Not an easy task…<br /> -It generally means that people will not understand you, at least not at first.<br />-Prophets are often believed to be “mad”<br />WHO WOULD WILLINGLY <br />DO THIS THEN?<br />
    3. 3. Part One: The Holy Prophet Moses<br />When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called out to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 3:4)<br />Moses accepts God’s invitation to lead the Israelites to freedom from slavery in Egypt and to the Promised Land in Canaan.<br />He communicates a new COVENANT between God and his Chosen People.<br />
    4. 4. Moses Communicates God’s Will – The 10 Commandments <br />I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.<br />You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.<br />Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.<br />Honour your father and mother.<br />You shall not kill.<br />You shall not commit adultery.<br />You shall not steal.<br />You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.<br />You shall not covet your neighbours wife.<br />You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbour.<br />
    5. 5. A Special Connection Between the Life of Moses and the Life of Jesus<br />Both births were foretold.<br />Innocent children were murdered when both were born.<br />During Passover, lambs were sacrificed and the blood painted over the doorways; Jesus IS the Paschal Lamb – he sacrificed himself<br />Both came to lead people to “freedom” and the “Promised Land”.<br />Through both, God renews his covenant with those who believe.<br />
    6. 6. Part Two: God`s Special Spokesmen – The Prophets<br />The prophets were God’s servants who prepared His people for the coming of the MESSIAH (anointed one, saviour) by calling for repentance of sins and faithfulness to God.<br />They delivered PROPHECIES – messages from God, to remind people of their covenant with God<br />-poetry<br />-skits<br />
    7. 7. The Prophets then …<br />Isaiah<br />The Messiah’s virgin mother<br />The Messiah will be a great light<br />The Messiah will be a great ruler<br />The Messiah will suffer<br />The Messiah shines in glory upon the people<br />Saint John the Baptist<br />The greatest of the prophets<br />He prepared the way of the Lord Jesus<br />
    8. 8. … and the “Prophets” now …<br />
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    10. 10. Part Three: Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ<br />And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. John 1:14<br />Jesus was FULLY divine.<br />Performed miracles – proofs and signs of his divinity.<br />At his baptism, the Holy Spirit came down upon Jesus and the voice of God from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Mt. 3:17)<br />Jesus was FULLY human.<br />In the Gospel of Mark, he is shown as having very real emotions: sadness, anger, fear, temptation<br />INCARNATION – God took on our human nature and likeness BUT he was without sin<br />He was born of the Virgin Mary and became man …<br />
    11. 11. Divine<br />Perfect<br />Lord<br />Saviour<br />Friend<br />God<br />Human<br />Paschal Lamb<br />
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    14. 14. 5 Facts About Jesus That Will NEVER Change: <br />Jesus was a real person who actually lived in history. No one disputes this fact.<br />We have reliable eye-witness testimony to Jesus’ life in the New Testament documents.<br />There can be no doubt that Jesus claimed to be God.<br />Jesus proclaimed that he was the only way to God.<br />Jesus proved WHAT and WHO he was by rising from the dead.<br />
    15. 15. Part Four: The Saving Mission of Jesus<br />Jesus has three main roles: priest, prophet and king  TRIPLE OFFICE<br />Priest: his sacrifice gave us sanctifying grace – the life of God in our souls; gave us the sacraments and prayer; taught through parables<br />Prophet: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me.” (Jn. 14:6); came to give us the Good News<br />King: he is the Messiah, the great ruler over God’s people in the Kingdom of Heaven<br />
    16. 16. Covenant Renewed: The Beatitudes<br />Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.<br />Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.<br />Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.<br />Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.<br />Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.<br />Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.<br />Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.<br />Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.<br />
    17. 17. Some Questions for Discussion<br />What challenges do young Catholics face in trying to proclaim the Word of God in their daily lives?<br />Could you do what the store clerk did?<br />Who is Jesus? What does this mean when we’re at school? At church? With our friends? With our family?<br />What does this mean: Jesus is our GUIDE and our MODEL?<br />