10-1-2017 Handing on the Faith

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
October 1, 2017—26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
Ez 18:25-28; Ps25:4-5, 8-10, 14; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32
“Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior” (Ps. 25:4-5).
The Lord is ever ready to forgive us, if we repent.
HANDING ON THE FAITH*
Who taught you about the best ways to live, ways that bring life and meaning to you and to others? Was it your parents, grandparents, spouse, family, friends, teachers, journalists and writers, magazines, television and movies, the web? What ways have you tried? Have any worked for you?

God “wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth” (1 Tm 2:4). Jesus says, “I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). What truths have you learned from the Church—the People of God—and from Sacred Scripture about the ways that God has revealed and calls us to live so that we may all experience the abundant life and salvation promised by God? We can trust these promises because God can neither deceive nor be deceived (CCC, no. 156).

Jesus Christ is God’s fullness of Revelation by his teaching, witness, death, and Resurrection. Jesus is the “Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn 14:6). Jesus, as the revealed Word of God, is a source of saving truth and a moral pathway for everyone.

Through Apostolic Tradition and Sacred Scripture the Church receives God’s Revelation and hands it on from one generation to the next. Sacred Scripture is God’s revealed Word, written by human beings under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God ensured that the authors taught divine and saving truth without error. Sacred Scripture will “always be a fountain of faith for those who read it in a spirit of prayer” (USCCA, pp. 31-32).

The teaching office of the Church, the Magisteriumthe Pope and the Bishops in communion with him—has the task of authoritatively interpreting the Word of God as contained in Sacred Scripture and transmitted by Sacred Tradition. All the faithful share in the responsibility for understanding and handing on God’s revealed truth and proclaiming and witnessing to God’s reign of love, justice, peace, freedom, mercy, healing, forgiveness, and salvation in our time and place.

Next session we will explore how we respond to God’s Revelation.

*U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA), Ch. 3.
Reflect on Your Experience
What do you presently do to learn and understand more about God’s revealed truth?
What do you think will help you to better learn and understand more?
How do you transmit your faith to your children, family, friends, co-workers, and strangers you meet?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

Videos

"Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature" (EWTN)

"What's God's Plan for Me?" (C4- Bishop Don Hying)

"Caught Not Taught Faith" (Prof. Tom Groome and Matt Weber, Boston College) 

"How to Live Your Faith Daily" (Prof. Tom Groome and Matt Weber)

"Relationship, Tradition and Scripture" - CCC Nos. 80-100 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Sacred Scripture" - CCC Nos. 101-141 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)


Music

How Beautiful" (Twila Paris)
"Faces of God" (Sister Rebecca Shonas, OP)
Rites, Symbols, & Practices

"From Mass to Mission - The Liturgy of the Word"

Prayer  - "Lifting Heart and Mind to God" (Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI) 

Reflection
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