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BEARING FRUIT: Stewards of the Gospel

Posted on Oct 06, 2017

27th Week in Ordinary Time
RCIA Session, October 12, 2017

SUNDAY'S READINGS
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

"He spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines...What more was there to do for my vineyard that had not been done?  Why, when I looked for the crop of grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?"  -cf. Isaiah 5:1-7

"Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.  -cf. Matthew 21:33-43

 

SCHEDULE:   RCIA Thursdays, 7-9:00 pm: ROOM LIST

  • Adults who wish to inquire about Catholic faith are welcome to meet every Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm:  English-speaking adults meet in the Holy Family Room, Spanish-speaking in the St. Augustine Room.
  • This Thursday youth meet in their separate classrooms and their parents will meet in the Cafeteria or Holy Family Rooms: First & 2nd grade meet in Room 5; third & 4th grade meet in Room 7; fifth & 6th grade meet in room 12, seventh & 8th grade meet in Room 11; High School youth meet in the "little house."

 

 PRACTICE THE FAITH:  Scripture and Us

  • Read Chapter 3 of the USCCA.  What place does Scripture have in the life of a Catholic person?
  • This week, read from Matthew's Gospel every day.  What passage is your favorite this week?  What is Jesus like in Matthew's Gospel?   

 

CONNECTIONS: “All the faithful share in understanding and handing on revealed truth.” p. 25 USCCA

 The term "kerygma" refers to the mysterious and transforming power of Scripture: much more than just an account of our salvation, Scripture is a living Word, a place of encounter between us and Jesus, who was the Word sent down from heaven.  Every proclamation of the Word is a moment of encounter.  As St. Jerome taught, "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ."  We must approach Scripture with reverence.

Catholics have a clear doctrine of Revelation.  We believe that God has revealed Himself throughout history, beginning with creation and continuing with the Covenants established with the people of Israel.  This relationship between God and his People was a real relationship lived out in history.   Yet the People were not able to remain faithful to the Covenants and did not fully comprehend the wonder of God.  So, in the fullness of time, God sent his Son that we might know LIFE.   Jesus is God's only true Son - the living Word of the Father, who existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit before all time, but who in the fullness of time came to dwell among us, fully God, fully man.

In Jesus Revelation is complete.  There will be no further public Revelation.  Yet we continue to grow in understanding Jesus and what God asks of us, more than 2000 years after he ascended.

The story of God and his holy People is contained in the Scriptures, the Holy Bible.  The Bible is the revealed Word of God; the authors of the texts were inspired by the Holy Spirit and so the Scriptures contain everything we need for salvation.  There is both a literal sense and a spiritual sense of Scripture:  all understanding of Scripture begins with the literal sense.   We continue to learn from Scripture today:  the depths of God are unfathomable.

“Both the living Tradition and the written Scriptures have their common source in the revelation of God in Jesus Christ.”  p. 25 USCCA

Praying with Scripture,  is a privileged way to live in relationship with Jesus and the Holy Trinity.  The encounter in the Liturgy of the Word prepares us for the encounter in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, for a complete and living communion with God in our lives.

"The Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord's Body.  She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God's Word and Christ's Body.  In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength."  (CCC #103-104; cf. DV #21)

How are we called to "bear fruit" as stewards of the divine gift of the Scriptures?

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