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Title: Welcoming God

Welcoming Gods Kingdom
Kingdom of God
  • Old Testament
  • (Jews) understood as a political state or a
    specific geographical territory where God is
  • Yahweh is the creator of all things (Psalm 241)
  • Yahwehs covenant is presented in the Law (the
    Torah) Israel

  • Jesus Vision of the Kingdom of God
  • Preached about the Kingdom as a spiritual one
    through parables and beatitudes.
  • His miracles revealed what the Kingdom is a
    condition in which God is Lord of all.
  • He announced the Kingdom (after fasting and
    temptation in the desert).
  • Zaccheaus woman caught in adultery gave sight
    to the blind like Bartimaeus (Mk 1046-52) and of
    Bethsaida (Mk 822-26) the man born blind (Jn
  • Manifests Gods will that all people be cared
    for, especially those that society has abandoned
  • Salvation the act of freeing people and even
    whole societies from suffering and oppression,
    physical or otherwise

  • Jesus teaches us with his Kingdom parables
  • Parables short simple stories that illustrate a
    moral truth or religious teaching
  • Came from the Old French word parabole, which
    means to put beside or to compare

Parable of the Mustard Seed
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
    that a person took and sowed in a field. It is
    the smallest of all seeds, yet when full-grown it
    is the largest of plants. It becomes a large
    bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in
    its branches. (Mt. 1331-32)
  • Kingdom of God starts from the smallest
    beginnings, but grows into much bigger
  • The parable affirms that every good that we do
    now, no matter how small it may seem to us,
    contributes to building Gods Kingdom of love,
    peace and justice.

Parable of the Yeast
  • The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman
    took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
    until the whole batch was leavened. Mt. 1333
  • Yeast or leaven is used by bakers as an essential
    ingredient in making bread and various baked
    products. This causes a chemical change called
    fermentation to take place when it is mixed with
    other ingredients.
  • Jesus encourages us to see beneath what is
    visible and to trust that God is at work.

Parable of the Treasure
  • The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buries
    in a field, which a person finds and hides again,
    and out of joy goes and sells that he has and
    buys that field (Mt 1344)
  • The treasure symbolizes Gods blessings that
    manifest the Kingdom, especially those that
    matter most in our lives our faith, our loved
    ones, our true friendship.
  • The kingdom of God can come to us in the most
    ordinary ways and times and through unexpected
    persons and events.

Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
    searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl
    of great price, he goes and sells all that he has
    and buys it. (Mt. 1345-46)
  • When we find the Kingdom of God in our lives, all
    our other possessions become secondary and of
    less worth.

Parable of the Net
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into
    the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When
    it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to
    put what is good into buckets. What is bad they
    throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the
    age. The angels will go out and separate the
    wicked from the righteous and throw away. Thus it
    will be at the end of the age. The angels will go
    out and separate the wicked from the righteous
    and throw them into the fiery furnace, where
    there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
    (Mt. 1347-50)
  • Tells us what will happen at the end of time
  • Describes the judgment day

Churchs Teaching on the Kingdom of God (PCP II)
  • A gift as well as a task
  • It is freely given to us at the same time a task.
  • Our role is to acknowledge and respond to it
  • Is already here but not yet fully.

Confirmation A Sacrament
  • By baptism, we share in the mission of Jesus
    through the Church.
  • In the sacrament of confirmation, we receive anew
    the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with grace.
  • The gesture, bishops laying on of hands,
    signifies the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the
    confirmands empowering them to be public
    witnesses to the Good News of the Kingdom.
  • We need the Holy Spirit to enable us to
    accomplish the Christian task of witnessing to
    Gods kingdom.

Believing the Good News of the Kingdom
  • It is a comparison drawn from nature (like the
    mustard seed) or from human life (marriage feast)
    and told as a story to embody or evoke some moral
    religious insight.
  • Jesus was able to use everyday characters,
    objects, and situations to convey his teachings
    clearly to the people.
  • Jesus parables offers a twist that brings out
    counter cultural values. (materialism Gospel
    value of detachment)

Types of Parables
  • Parables that describe the King, God-his nature,
    qualities and attitudes in dealing with people
  • The Lost Sheep (Lk 154-7), Lost Coin (Lk
    158-10), Lost Son (1511-32), and Workers in the
    Vineyard (Mt 201-16)
  • Parables that emphasize the kind of response
    needed to enter the Kingdom
  • The Pharisee the Tax Collector (Lk 189-14),
    The Rich Fool (Lk 1216-21), Talents (Mt

  • Parables that deal with our relationship with
    other people
  • Unforgiving Servant (Mt 1823-25), and The Good
    Samaritan (Lk 1029-37)
  • Parables that refer to the future coming of the
  • The Wedding Feast (Mt 221-14), The Ten Virgins
    (Mt 251-13), and the Weeds among the Wheat (Mt

The Good News Themes in the Parable
  • Gods loving mercy is at the heart of the Good
  • Jesus reveals that God is Abba, an Aramaic word
    and term of endearment for father.
  • Everyone is called to enter the Kingdom
  • Prefigured in Yahwehs covenant with the children
    of Israel
  • The Kingdom is free for the people of all
    nations, however, the Kingdom requires a free
    response from each of us.

  • The Kingdom demands repentance from us
  • When Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God, he
    challenged the people to repent and believe in
    the gospel
  • Challenges us to change our old ways and to stop
    living selfishly and reacting bitterly toward
  • The Good News demands persevering response
  • We will be judged by our free response.
  • Rejoice and be hopeful
  • Jesus reveals to us Gods goodness, generosity,
    forgiveness, love, and offer of salvation

Seeing the Power and Goodness of Jesus in his
  • Miracle is simply a manifestation of Gods
    presence and power.
  • Teras, dynamis, and semeion (Gk words)
  • Teras means marvel Jesus miracles were acts
    that made people marvel.
  • Dynamis means power refers to an act that
    manifests extraordinary power.
  • Semeion means sign tells us that a marvelous
    act of power as a sign pointing to something
  • The term is used for Jesus marvelous acts of
    power, as pointing to the identity of Jesus.

The Different Miracles of Jesus
  • Jesus performs healing miracles
  • Jesus relieved the physical sufferings and
    illnesses of people
  • We see how faith is usually a requirement before
    healing can take place
  • Jesus performs nature miracles
  • Calming of the storm at sea, feeding of the five
    thousand, wedding at Cana, Jesus walked on water
  • Jesus performs exorcisms
  • Jesus drove out evil spirits from possessed
    persons such as the boy possessed by a demon
    the healing of the Garaden demoniacs
  • Jesus restores life
  • Jesus brought back to life those who had already
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