12 Jesus Baptism, Temptations And Public Ministry


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12 Jesus Baptism, Temptations And Public Ministry

  1. 1. The Story So Far….. <ul><li>We have encountered all the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. </li></ul><ul><li>Three beautiful canticles which have become our prayers: </li></ul><ul><li>Magnificat Lk. 1: 46 – 55 </li></ul><ul><li>Benedictus Lk. 1: 68 – 79 </li></ul><ul><li>Nunc Dimittis Lk. 2: 29 – 32 </li></ul><ul><li>Today we encounter the First of the Luminous Mysteries – The Baptism of Jesus </li></ul>
  2. 2. Angels <ul><li>Heb. 1:14 “They are spirits who serve God and are sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Angelos” (Gk) Messenger </li></ul><ul><li>The Archangels: Michael (Who is like unto God?) </li></ul><ul><li>Gabriel (God is mighty) </li></ul><ul><li>Raphael (God heals) </li></ul><ul><li>Your Guardian Angel </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps you in touch with heaven </li></ul><ul><li>Is your devoted friend, ever ready to help you on your way to heaven. </li></ul><ul><li>Honour, love and venerate your guardian angel who is sent by God and does only God’s bidding. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Baptism of Jesus, The Temptations in the Desert, Jesus begins His Public Ministry. SFX RCIA 2009/2010
  4. 4. THE SETTING <ul><li>They were a small obscure country on the fringe of (and colonized by) a great empire, but they were a monotheistic stronghold in a world of polytheism, superstition and rationalism. And their moral life was far above that of the Hellenistic world of that time. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Groups in Palestine at the time of Jesus <ul><li>Pharisees </li></ul><ul><li>Scribes / Lawyers </li></ul><ul><li>Sadducees </li></ul><ul><li>The Zealots </li></ul><ul><li>The Essenes </li></ul><ul><li>The Romans </li></ul><ul><li>The anawim </li></ul>
  6. 6. The mission of John the Baptist. <ul><li>At a precise point in history (Luke 3: 1 – 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Description of the mission in all four Gospels: “A voice cries in the wilderness: ‘Prepare a way of the LORD, make his paths straight.’” (Is. 40:3) </li></ul><ul><li>John’s baptism was a call to conversion and an announcement that one greater than himself was to come. </li></ul><ul><li>He points to the true identity of Jesus </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Baptism of Jesus Luke 3: 21 - 22
  8. 8. The Significance of Jesus’ Baptism <ul><li>His complete identification with sinners although He himself was sinless. (Hebrews 4:15) </li></ul><ul><li>An immersion and a prefiguring of His death, the ultimate sacrifice for our sins </li></ul><ul><li>A rising to new life prefiguring the Resurrection. </li></ul><ul><li>His communion with the will of the Father opens heaven – the place where the Father’s will is perfectly fulfilled. </li></ul><ul><li>The proclamation of Jesus’ mission by the Father: not what Jesus does but who He is : He is the beloved Son on whom God’s favour rests. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Significance of Jesus’ Baptism <ul><li>A new identity born out of anointing by the Holy Spirit – Christ, the anointed one. </li></ul><ul><li>The mystery of the Trinitarian God is beginning to emerge. </li></ul><ul><li>An arc joins this beginning of Jesus’ journey with the mission he entrusts to His disciples after His Resurrection (Matt. 28:19) </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Significance of Jesus’ Baptism for me <ul><li>A personal acceptance of God’s call to a new life through Baptism </li></ul><ul><li>It is a turning point in my life </li></ul><ul><li>It is dying with Him and rising to new life. </li></ul><ul><li>With Jesus as mediator, we too can lay claim to the term “children of God.” </li></ul><ul><li>As sons and daughters of God and partakers in His Divine nature, all that we are and do is in Christ and His Body, the Church. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Significance of Jesus’ Baptism for me <ul><li>Does this make sense to me? Is this what I want? </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Temptations of Jesus (Luke 4: 1 - 13 )
  13. 13. Parallels with OT <ul><li>40 years wandering in the wilderness; 40 days in the desert </li></ul><ul><li>Three failures of the Jews at a time of testing; three temptations of Jesus. - Jews complained about their hunger; that in Egypt they ate their fill of daily bread. (Exodus 16) - Broke their faith in God and worshipped the golden calf. (Exodus 32) </li></ul><ul><li>- Lack of trust that God would provide water for them. (Exodus 17) </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Temptations of Jesus (Luke 4: 1 – 13) <ul><li>The Bread Temptation: Trying to make Jesus prove His is the Son of God. </li></ul><ul><li>One does not live by bread alone (Deut 8:3) </li></ul><ul><li>The Authority Temptation: Testing Jesus’ faithfulness to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Deut. 6:13) </li></ul><ul><li>The Trust Temptation: Trying to get Jesus to doubt God; to test His trust in God </li></ul><ul><li>Do not put the Lord your God to the test (Deut. 6:16) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Jesus in the Synagogue at Nazareth (Luke 4: 16 – 30) <ul><li>Refers to His anointing by the Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Proclaims His “mission statement” </li></ul><ul><li>Describes His mission as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Jesus in the Synagogue at Nazareth (Luke 4: 16 – 30) <ul><li>From initial approval, the mood of the people begins to change. </li></ul><ul><li>The rejection, the violence prefigures the eventual fate of Jesus at the hands of His own people. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Miracles of Jesus <ul><li>Jesus accompanied his words with wonders and signs which manifest that the kingdom is present in him and attest that he was the promised Messiah. What writers say about miracles: </li></ul><ul><li>“ For those with faith, no explanation is needed. For those without faith, no explanation is possible.” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sharing <ul><li>Read Luke 5: 1 – 11 Jesus calls his Disciples We have begun to read about Jesus’ ability to perform miracles . If you were one of those in the crowd who witnessed Jesus performing a miracle, what do you think your your reaction would be? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think Jesus meant when he said to Simon, “From now on you will be catching people?” </li></ul>
  19. 19. For Next Week: <ul><li>Read: </li></ul><ul><li>The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Prayer For the Catechumens <ul><li>Father of love and power, </li></ul><ul><li>It is your will to establish everything in Christ </li></ul><ul><li>And to draw us into His all-embracing love. </li></ul><ul><li>Guide these chosen ones: Strengthen them in their journey of conversion, </li></ul><ul><li>Build them into the Kingdom of your Son </li></ul><ul><li>And seal them with the Spirit of your promise. </li></ul><ul><li>We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen. </li></ul>