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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Notes of May 9, 2014 Catholic Bible Encounter: Legion of Mary Bible Study presented by Father Antonio O. Moreno on the Sunday Mass Readings for May 11, 2014


Catholic Bible Encounter: Legion of Mary Bible Study

Lord and Messiah (Acts 2:36-39) Suffer for what is good (1Peter 2:20-25) The Good Shepherd Psalm 23 Have life and have it more abundantly (Jn 10:1-21) Theme: Jesus has power to give life Opening Prayer: Psalm 23

Easter's "Kerygma" is a call to conversion as St. Peter preaches in Acts 2: 36-39

A. "Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified." Acts 2: 36

1. "House of Israel"

Catechism of the Catholic Church (*CCC)
*CCC 72 = "God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him and his descendants. By the covenant God formed his people and revealed his law to them through Moses. Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the salvation destined for all humanity.

*CCC 73 = "God has revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant for ever. The Son is his Father's definitive Word; so there will be no future Revelation after him.

2. "God made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified."

This is the "Kerygma" of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church. "Kerygma" is the Greek word for proclamation: He is the "Lord," the divine Son that David foresaw at God's right hand (Psalms 110:1-3; 132:10-11; Acts 2:34). And He is the Messiah that God had promised to shepherd the scattered flock of the house of Israel (Ezekiel 34:11-14; 37:24).

1.       The crucified Jesus is Lord

John 10:1-21: Jesus is the Good Shepherd, sent to a people who were like sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34; Numbers 27:16-17). He calls not only to the children of Israel, but to all those far off from Him - who hear His voice.

CCC 445 = "After the Resurrection, Jesus' divine sonship becomes manifest in the power of his glorified humanity. He was "designed Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his Resurrection from the dead (Rom 1:3; Acts 13:33). The apostles can confess "We have beheld his glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (Jn 1:14)."

**CCC 446 = "In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the ineffable Hebrew name YHWH, by which God revealed himself to Moses, is rendered as "Kyrios", "Lord." From then on, "Lord" becomes the more usual name by which to indicate the divinity of Israel's God. The New Testament uses this full sense of the title "Lord" both for the Father and - what is new - Jesus, who is thereby recognized as God himself (1Cor 2:8)."

*CCC 447= "Jesus ascribes this title to himself in a veiled way when he disputes with the Pharisees about the meaning of Psalm 110, but also in an explicit way when he addresses his apostles (Mt 22:41-46; Acts 2:34-36; Heb 1:13; Jn 13:13)." Throughout his public life, he demonstrated his divine sovereignty by works of power over nature, illness, demons, death, and sin."

2.      The crucified Jesus is Messiah

John 10: 1-21: The call of the Good Shepherd leads to the restful waters of Baptism, to the anointing oil of Confirmation, and to the table and overflowing cup of the Eucharist, as describe in Psalm 23.

Jesus has gone ahead, driven us through the dark valley of evil and death. His Cross has become the narrow gate through which we must pass to reach His empty tomb - the verdant pastures of life abundant.

*CCC 436 = "The word "Christ" comes from the Greek translation of the Hebrew "Messiah", which means "anointed." It became the name proper to Jesus only because he accomplished perfectly the divine mission that "Christ" signifies. In effect, in Israel those consecrated to God for a mission that he gave were anointed in his name. This was the case for kings, for priest and, in rare instances, for prophets. This had to be the case all the more so for the Messiah whom God would send to inaugurate his kingdom definitively. It was necessary that the Messiah be anointed by the Spirit of the Lord at once as king and priest, and also as prophet. Jesus fulfilled the messianic hope of Israel in his threefold office of priest, prophet, and king.

B. "Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the others what are we to do, my brothers?"
Acts 2:37

John 10:1-21: We hear His voice calling us His own. He should awaken in us the response of those who heard St. Peter's preaching. "What are we to do?" they cried.

We are called to follow in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd of our souls. By His suffering He bore our sins in His body to free us from sin. But His suffering is also an example for us. From Him we should learn patience in our afflictions. to hand ourselves over to the will of God.

*CCC page 873 definition of Conversion:
Conversion = A radical reorientation of the whole life away from sin and evil, and toward God. This change of heart or conversion is a central element of Christ's preaching, of the Church's ministry of evangelization, and of the Sacramental of Penance and Reconciliation.

1Peter 2:20-25: We have been baptized. But each of us goes astray like sheep. We still need daily to repent, to seek forgiveness of our sins, to separate ourselves further from this corrupt generation.