Key Term and Definitions
Covenant-The relationship and agreement between God and his people
Torah- law or instruction for the Hebrew people
Prophet-Spokesperson or messenger for God
Revelation-God communicating himself in stages (e.g. through prophets, through creation)
Parable- a story which often uses comparison to reveal a moral
The Chosen people-The people God formed a covenant with and were lead from slavery to live the revelation
Kingdom of God- Symbol used by Jesus to reveal his actions to us
The Church-the community founded at Pentecost
New covenant- God entering human culture and making his relationships more personal with us. We become co-heirs to the kingdom
Grace-God’s love for us, God’s goodness
Incarnation-God becoming human in the flesh
Kingdom of God as a Gift-God goodness and generosity for us. We experience this through Jesus
Paschal Mystery-The death and resurrection of Jesus
Abba-the name Jesus had for God, it means father
How God shapes the Hebrew Culture
- Keep faith in God
- Must obey God
- God as protector and Saviour
- Taken from the commandments
- Respect for others and creation and life
- Don’t idolise anything over God
- Law (Ten Commandments, Torah, Must follow)
Parable of the Prodigal Son
- God is the father that forgives him
- Younger son is the sinner
- Older brother is a hypocrite, he believes all his life but does not live the way that God wants him to (he is jealous and refuses to forgive)
- Ring is for respect
- Washing of the feet is welcome and forgiveness
- Your sins will be forgiven if you truly repent
- God loves you no matter what
Parable of the Vineyard
- No matter which time you enter the faith at, you will go to heaven if you believe in God
- The workers are humans
- The owner is God
- In the kingdom of God, everyone is equal
The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
- Honour your father and your mother.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
- You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife.
- You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.
How is Jesus present in our culture today?
- Jesus acts through people
- Jesus acts through people who choose to be in communion with him
- Jesus acts through word of the scripture
- Jesus acts through the liturgy
- Jesus acts in witness of the people
Disambiguation of above
- We are (try to become what God wants us to be)
- We shape our culture
- This is our vocation
- We are living in the kingdom of God
- Christians believe that God chose them
- We turn to Jesus for fulfillment
- The scriptures reveals good
- The holy spirit is present at church, which is why we go there
- Jesus is always watching over us
Symbols relating to the Paschal mysteries
- The cross is the pain and humiliation of Jesus when he was crucified. It is also reminding us of what he taught
- The empty tomb shows life from new death. It is a symbol of hope, from death comes life.
- The whole meaning of the Paschal mysteries is that Jesus suffered and died to save us