* An Ethical (Functional) Eschatology (Within the Already, Not Yet (proleptic) formulation)* Metanoia – “A change of mind” conversion/repentance* The Kingdom of God is meant to bring human and cosmic fulfillment and an answer to the problem of evil.*
Love of God and love of neighbor are central aspects of this message God’s love is radical and Indiscriminate (Love your Enemies) An ethical call to share in God’s perfection through the pursuit of reconciliation and forgiveness The Law is not dismissed but is interpreted to serve this ethical criteria.
Jewish Prayer life Scripture readings Prayer recitations Shema 2x Tephila 3x Jesus’ prayers Luke 11:2 – Our Father Matthew 11:25 – Hidden wisdom Mark 14:36 – Gethsemane prayer Intimate spirituality Abba Father – God is seen as a loving parent; generous, merciful and forgiving We (disciples) are Prayer life and spirituality invited to share in that intimate relationship with God
Jesus Teaches A teacher with a unique (prophetic) authority. Jesus’ conviction and insights are derived from his own intimate relationship with God Ethical discourses (Beatitudes, Matthew 25) and parables
PARABLES• “A metaphor or simile drawn from nature or common life, arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness, leaving the mind in sufficient doubt about its precise application to tease it into active thought.” – C.H. Dodd• Parables communicate partial information while provoking a dynamic response
Miracles and Healing Miracles were an extraordinary but not supernatural part of the 1st century experience. Jesus was recognized as a miracle worker and teacher Jesus’ miracles were demonstrations of God’s power (dynamis) and active testimony of the God’s present reign Healing and feeding miracles were driven by Jesus’ compassion and justice. Jesus’ Miracles were often driven by the power of one’s faith. Jesus did not want the miracles to overshadow his teaching.
FR. DON SENIOR, REGARDING THE MIRACLESJesus of Nazareth But, most of all,was a human being Jesus was a man soso close to his God charged with God’sthat God’s own own compassion andcreative power love that any cry offlowed out from him pain or confusionin healing waves. drew from him an instant response of healing and restoration.
Community of Disciples• Jesus gathered disciples: • An inclusive and diverse group that was called by Jesus • Disciples radically broke from their social and personal ties. And accepted social risks • They were privy to special instructions• The Twelve: • Core group of leaders • Symbolize a reconstituted Israel• Change of Mission: • Mark 7:24, Syrophoenician woman, Gentiles enter the picture • Mark 8:31, Jesus foresees his own demise and alters the mission.