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11 Jesus Comes Among Us

  1. 1. JESUS COMES AMONG US <ul><li>“ Eternity came into Time, to take us </li></ul><ul><li>from Time into Eternity”. </li></ul>
  2. 2. The story so far…
  3. 3. The New Testament
  4. 4. <ul><li>The New Testament, is made up of twenty-seven different books attributed to eight different authors, six of whom are numbered among the Apostles (Matthew, John, Paul, James, Peter, Jude) and two among their immediate disciples (Mark, Luke). </li></ul><ul><li>If we consider only the contents and the literary form of these writings they may be divided into historical books (Gospels and Acts ), didactic books (Epistles), a prophetical book (Apocalypse). </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Before the name of the New Testament had come into use the writers of the latter half of the second century used to say &quot;Gospel and Apostolic writings&quot; or simply &quot;the Gospel and the Apostle&quot;, meaning the Apostle St. Paul . </li></ul><ul><li>The Gospels are subdivided into two groups, those which are commonly called synoptic (Matthew, Mark, Luke), because their narratives are parallel, and the fourth Gospel (that of St. John), which to a certain extent completes the first three. They relate to the life and personal teaching of Jesus Christ . </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Acts of the Apostles , as is sufficiently indicated by the title, relates the preaching and the labours of the Apostles . It narrates the foundation of the Churches of Palestine and Syria only; in it mention is made of Peter, John, James, Paul, and Barnabas; afterwards, the author devotes sixteen chapters out of the twenty-eight to the missions of St. Paul to the Greco-Romans. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>There are thirteen Epistles (Letters) of St. Paul , and perhaps fourteen, if, with the Council of Trent , we consider him the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews. They are, with the exception of this last-mentioned, addressed to particular Churches (Rom.; I, II Cor.; Gal.; Ephes.; Philip.; Colos.; I, II Thess.) or to individuals (I, II Tim.; Titus ; Philemon ). </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The seven Epistles that follow (James; I, II Peter; I, II, III John; Jude) are called &quot;Catholic&quot;, because most of them are addressed to the faithful in general. </li></ul><ul><li>The Apocalypse addressed to the seven Churches of Asia Minor (Ephesus, Smyrna , Pergamus , Thyatira , Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea) resembles in some ways a collective letter. It contains a vision which St. John had at Patmos concerning the interior state of the above-mentioned communities, the struggle of the Church with pagan Rome , and the final destiny of the New Jerusalem. </li></ul>
  9. 9. THE GOSPELS (The Good News) <ul><li>T HREE STAGES: </li></ul><ul><li>THE JESUS EVENT / THE MINISTRY OF JESUS </li></ul><ul><li>THE PROCLAMATION OR PREACHING OF FAITH BY WITNESSES KERYGMA </li></ul><ul><li>THE WRITING OF THE GOSPELS BY THE EVANGELISTS (Greek: euangelion = good news ) </li></ul><ul><li>Gospel: Old English translation of evangelicus (L) godspel = good news </li></ul>
  10. 10. Dates and Authors <ul><li>Matthew 85 – 90 AD for Greek speaking Christians, mostly Jewish in origin </li></ul><ul><li>Mark: 65 – 70 AD (64 AD Christians executed in Rome; 70 AD destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem) for Greek speaking Christians in Rome </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 85 – 95 AD (One work in two volumes: Gospel first, Acts of the Apostles later) for Greek speaking Gentile converts </li></ul><ul><li>John 90 – 100 AD The Johannine commmunity deriving its tradition from “the beloved disciple”. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sharing <ul><li>Read Luke 1: 57 - 80 </li></ul><ul><li>The story is about the naming of John, the one who prepared the way for Christ. The name John means “Yahweh is gracious”. Why are names important? Have you ever asked your parents how and why they chose your name? Do you know what your name means? At Baptism it is customary, but not compulsory, to adopt a Christian name. How do you feel about that? </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Creed <ul><li>We believe in on God, </li></ul><ul><li>The Father, the Almighty, </li></ul><ul><li>maker of heaven and earth, </li></ul><ul><li>of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in on Lord, Jesus Christ, The only Son of God, Eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, True God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Creed <ul><li>For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: By the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary and became man. For our sake, he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He suffered, died and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Incarnation <ul><li>Incarnation: (Lat) “Enfleshing” </li></ul><ul><li>The belief that for the salvation of the world, the Son of God, while remaining fully divine, became truly and fully human. </li></ul>
  15. 15. John 1: 14 “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” <ul><li>HOW? </li></ul><ul><li>The Annunciation Luke 1:26 – 38 </li></ul><ul><li>The Visitation Luke: 39 – 56 </li></ul><ul><li>The Nativity ( Birth Lat.) Luke 2: 1 – 20 Matthew 1: 18 – 25 </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The Presentation Luke 2: 25 – 40 </li></ul><ul><li>The Finding in the Temple Luke 2: 41 - 51 </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Luke 2:40 The child grew and became strong; filled with wisdom, and the favour of God was upon him. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favour. </li></ul>
  18. 18. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” <ul><li>WHY? CCC 456 – 460 </li></ul><ul><li>In order to save us by reconciling us with God </li></ul><ul><li>So that we might know God’s love </li></ul><ul><li>So that we might learn how to live as God wants us to live with Jesus as our model </li></ul><ul><li>So that by sharing in our humanity He might make us sharers in his Divinity </li></ul>
  19. 19. Names <ul><li>Jesus : “God saves” </li></ul><ul><li>Christ: Gk. “the anointed of God” </li></ul><ul><li>Messiah: Heb. “the anointed one” </li></ul><ul><li>Lord: Kyrios (Gk) Title of power and authority </li></ul><ul><li>Son of Man </li></ul><ul><li>Son of God </li></ul>
  20. 20. Closing Prayer (From: Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI) Holy Mary Mother of God, You have given the world its true light Jesus, your Son – the Son of God, You abandoned yourself completely to God’s call, And thus became a wellspring of the goodness which flows forth from him. Show us Jesus. Lead us to Him. Teach us to know and love him so that we too can become capable of true love And be fountains of living water In the midst of a thirsting world. Amen.
  21. 21. For Next Week: <ul><li>Read: </li></ul><ul><li>Luke </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 3 & 4 </li></ul>