Notes_files/book 2, chapter 4 PPT

Storytellers not only pass on the stories of their
communities, but they contribute to the development of
the language people use to communicate these stories.
The great storytellers provide insights into the meaning
and purpose of life. They speak to the universal themes
that are part of human life.
What stories have helped you understand the meaning of
human life?
God, the author of Sacred Scripture, and the inspired
human writers of Scripture are the most widely read
storytellers. The Bible is available in over 450 languages,
and parts of it are available in more than 2,000 languages.
The Nativity
The Church gathers to celebrate the
wondrous event of the Nativity each
year during the liturgical season of
We celebrate that the Son of God
became a man while remaining God.
We celebrate that Jesus Christ is true
God and true man; he is fully divine
and fully human.
The Church uses the term ‘hypostatic
union’ to name this mystery of faith.
Why did God become man?
The Incarnation is ‘the fact [and mystery] that
the Son of God assumed a human nature in
order to accomplish our salvation in it’ (CCC, no.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux (c.1090-1153)
God became man in Jesus in order to know us
‘from the inside’ and thus be all the more likely
to be merciful toward us.
What insights into the meaning of the
Incarnation does St. Bernard’s explanation give
The first promise of salvation
This first promise of salvation is found in Genesis 3:15.
It is known as the Protoevangelium.
I will put enmity between you and the
and between your offspring and
he will strike your head
and you will strike his heel.
The Annunciation
In Luke’s account of the Annunciation
(Luke 1:26-38), the angel Gabriel
announces to Mary that God has chosen
her to be the Mother of the Son of God and
she is to name him Jesus. The name Jesus
in Hebrew means ‘God saves’.
In Matthew’s account of the
Annunciation (Matthew 1:18-21, 24)
an angel tells Joseph in a dream that Mary
has conceived a child by the Holy Spirit and
that he should not be afraid to take Mary as
his wife.
Jesus is God with us
Jesus is Emmanuel; he is God with us.
He is the bridge, or Mediator, between humanity and God.
God became one of us and lived among us for our salvation.
The name ‘Jesus’ means ‘God saves’.
Jesus is the Messiah who freed us from our sins by his suffering
and Death on the Cross and brought about our reconciliation with
God the Father.
Jesus described his mission as Messiah in Luke 4:18-19.
Jesus is the way that God most fully comes into our lives,
draws us close, and reconciles us with himself.
Jesus is with us always
The risen Jesus promised, ‘Remember, I am with you
always, to the end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20).
The presence of the Incarnate Son of God did not end with
the saving Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus.
The risen and glorified Christ continues to be ‘God-withus’.
Christ’s presence and saving work will continue until he
comes again in glory at the end of time. This is referred to
as his Second Coming, or Parousia.
Only then will the work of the Messiah be complete.
The Church is the seed of the
Kingdom of God
The Church is the seed and beginning of the
Kingdom of God inaugurated by Jesus.
The Church connects people to God and to
one another.
She does this through celebrating the
Sacraments and in other ways.
The Church works with people in education,
pastoral ministry, social justice, healthcare,
faith formation and in building and rebuilding
In what ways do you recognize yourself as
‘being’ the Church to other people?
The Ministries of the Church
As the Body of Christ in the world, we have
the vocation, mission and responsibility to
make the saving presence of Christ a reality in
the world. Each of the baptized fulfils this work
according to their roles and responsibilities
within the Church.
Ministry of the Word: The baptized are called
to proclaim Christ, the Word of God, to the
ends of the earth. We must welcome God’s
Word which comes to us through Scripture
and Tradition and bring that Word to others.
The Ministries of the Church
Ministry of Witness: As members of the
Catholic Church we must bear witness to Jesus
by living lives of faith, hope and love. We are
called to proclaim Christ not only in words but
also in works, or deeds.
Ministry of Worship: We encounter Jesus
most directly through our celebration of the
Seven Sacraments, which are life-giving
actions of the Holy Spirit at work in the Church.
We receive specific graces to live and celebrate
our life in Christ and share it with others.
In what small but important ways can you bear
witness to Jesus?
Cesar Chávez
Cesar Chávez (1927-93) was a Mexican American farm
worker, civil rights activist and labor leader.
He championed economic and social issues, including opposing
racial discrimination.
Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association,
an organization to protect and serve farm workers, which later
became the United Farm Workers (UFW) of America.
He worked at improving the dignity, respect, wages, medical
benefits and conditions of farm workers throughout the US.
Chevez was a devout Catholic who often said that his struggle
for justice was inspired and sustained by his deep Catholic