10-29-2017 The Good News

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
October 29, 2017—30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
Ex 22:20-26; Ps 18:2-4,47, 51; 1 Thes 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40

Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. “ (Mt 22:37-39)

 The Good News*

Who do others say you are?  Who do you say you are?

The primary question for Catholic Christians to answer is “Who do you say Jesus is?” Our answer to that question can frame our worldview of life.

Our primary source for learning about Jesus is the four Gospels, written “that you may [come to] believe that Jesus is the Messiah [the Christ], the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name” (Jn 20:31).

Through the Gospels we learn about the Jesus who healed, exorcised demons, prayed, and performed miracles. He taught us about God—who is like an unconditional loving and merciful parent anticipating our return  home [Lk 15:11-32].

Jesus sought to restore people into right relationship with God and with one another. He proclaimed and invited us, individually and communally, to a new Way of Life he called the “Kingdom of God”—the Way of unconditional love, justice, peace, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, freedom, joy, selfless service, healing, and salvation.

Jesus challenged the oppressive and self-centered ways of the religious and political rulers of his time and, as a result, he was brutally beaten and crucified, he suffered, and died. However, soon after, his disciples experienced Jesus as “risen” from the dead, and they came to believe that Jesus was their Lord, the “Son of God,” the Christ and their “savior,” deserving of their devotion and allegiance. “God greatly exalted [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9-11).

Jesus calls us to be his followers and his disciples and to live, proclaim, and share God’s “Kingdom” or Reign with others in our time and place. We can enter this Way of God through faith in Jesus the Christ, our baptismal initiation into the Church—the People of God, the Mystical Body of Christ—and a life in loving communion with all other People of God, leading to our eternal life with God. This is truly “Good News.”

*U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 7.

Reflect on Your Experience

How is Jesus an image of God for you?

How are you experiencing the ways of God’s Reign in your life?

How do you proclaim and share the “Good News” with others?

 U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

Videos

"Who is Jesus" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Who Jesus Really Is" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Good News - God Has Sent His Son" (EWTN)

"How Can Jesus Be Both God and Human" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"I Believe in Jesus" - CCC 422-455 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"The Son of God Became Man" - CCC 456-483 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Born of the Virgin Mary" - CCC 484-511 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Christ's Life" - CCC 512-570 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)


Music


"Blest Be The Lord" (Dan Shutte)

"Holy Is His Name" (John Michael Talbot)

Rites, Symbols, & Practices

"Draw Near" - A Video Guide to the Catholic Mass

Structure of the Mass

Parts of the Mass (USCCB)

Reflection
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