11-05-2017 The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
November 5, 2017—31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
Mal 1:14-2:2, 8-10; Ps 131:1-3; 1 Thes 2:7-9, 13; Mt 23:1-12
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Mt 23:12)
The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ*
Where or when do you experience God’s saving grace in your life?

The Son of God, incarnated in the person of Jesus, came to give us abundant life (Jn 10:10). Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father” (Jn 14:6-7a).  Jesus is the human face of our loving and merciful God, and the divine face of humans. He is the image—the icon—of God for us.  He stands knocking at the door of our heart, waiting for us to allow him to enter (Rv 3:20) We only need to open that door and invite him in. If we do, we can experience the reign of God’s love, joy, peace, justice, freedom, healing, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation.

Jesus’ teachings and actions challenged those who chose the way of power, possessions, and prestige and so, some of them brutally beat and crucified Jesus; he suffered and died. We only need to look at the last century with its wars, killings, tortures, hunger, poverty, discrimination, and exploitation to see that some things have not changed.

Yet, Jesus’ death at human hands was not the last word. Jesus’ act of unconditional love in freely submitting himself to such suffering and death was the instrument in God’s plan of salvation to save us from sin and its damaging effects. Jesus—the Son of God—restored the harmony between God and ourselves that had been disrupted by sin. He taught us how to love and to live abundantly in truth and goodness.

Jesus Christ is Risen! As a result, we can now die to sin and its domination in our lives. We can experience divine life here on earth and more completely in heaven. Not only do our souls survive physical death, but we have the hope that our bodies will rise again at the end of time at the Last Judgment and resurrection of the dead.

We are called to “die” to those thoughts, habits, actions, and ways that keep us from fully loving our God and our neighbor as God loves us. We are called to “rise” to new life in Christ. In our next session, we learn from where and how we receive the power to do this.
* U.S. Catholic Catechism for AdultsCh. 8
Reflect on Your Experience
What thoughts, habits, actions, or ways do you have that keep you from fully loving God and your neighbor as God loves you? 
What  do you believe you can do now to begin to let them “die” and to “rise” to new life in Christ?

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

Videos

"The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ" (EWTN)

Bishop Robert Barron Comments on Flemming Rutledge's "The Crucifixion" - Part 1

Bishop Robert Barron Comments on Flemming Rutledge's "The Crucifixion" - Part 2

"Why Did Jesus Have to Die the Way He Did" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Why Was the Cross Necessary" (Bishop Robert Barron)


"The Resurrection of Jesus" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Why is the Resurrection Credible?" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Jesus Suffered and Died" - CCC 571-637 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"The Resurrection" - CCC 638-682 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

Music


"Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" 

"I Am the Resurrection" (John Michael Talbot)

"In Christ Alone" (Lauren Daigle)


Rites, Symbols, & Practices
The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers (USCCB)
Reflection
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