2. God goes to meet: the revelation
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  Introduction

    Saint Augustine is one of the most remarkable saints that the church had and one of the wiser men of Christianity. After a life away from God, he baptized, becoming bishop of Hippo in North Africa. He wrote much and has a particularly suggestive book: The Confessions, where he accounts his conversion and proclaims the longing or desire of God inscribed in the heart of the creature:

    “Great are You, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is your power, and of your wisdom there is no end. And man, being a part of your creation, desires to praise you. You move us to delight in praising you; for you have formed us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you.”

  A. Choose one of the words in parentheses and complete the sentences (Seville, Tangier, Hippo, The Confessions, My Memories, Stories, true, false, himself, myself, yourself, quiet, restless, calm)

 • Saint Augustine was bishop of  
 • He wrote a book titled
 
 • He had a life apart from God
 
 • You have formed us for  
 • And our hearts are
 

   1. The desire of God in the heart

     The desire of God is inscribed in the heart of men that have been created by God and for God. He has not ceased to attract men to him, Only in God, they find the peace, the truth and the joy that they continue to look for.

    Men are religious human beings. As Saint Paul said in Athens: "in God we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).

    2. Oblivion or denial of God

     Man can forget God, and even reject him or deny his existence. What are the reasons? The ignorance, the rebelliousness against the evil that suffer or we see, the endeavors of the world and wealth, the bad example of some who call themselves Christians, antireligion ideas, and the attitude of the sinner that hides from God and flees from his call due to the fear.

    None of these pretexts justifies the oblivion or the denial of God.

     3. It is possible to know the existence of God by the natural reason

    Man can know the existence of God by two paths: the natural and the supernatural. By the natural way we come to God through the nature or creation. We see the sun, the Moon, the stars and we wonder who has done that? Who has ordered all the celestial bodies to follow their orbits perfectly? Only a creator God can do this.

    4. God goes to meet the man

    The second way to know the existence of God is the revelation. God has told us much knowledge to which we can reach neither with our intelligence, nor with science. First, he made known to the first parents: Adam and Eve. After the fall by the original sin, he does not abandon them but he promised them the salvation and offered his alliance. Then, with Abraham, he chose the people of Israel. Finally, God revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, Jesus Christ.

  B. In some cases Choose one of the words in parentheses to complete the sentences and in other cases use your reading comprehension to complete the phrase: religious, footballer, scientific, game, forgetfulness, ignorance, one, two, three, natural, supernatural, Adam, Eve, Abraham.

• The man is a... being.

 
• The man can forget God because of the
 
• How many ways to know his existence exists?
 
• Through the creation we have the... way.
 
• The way of revelation is
 
• God chose the people of Israel with
 
• The first mother was
 
• The first father was
 

     5. Jesus Christ, Word of the Father

    Jesus Christ is the Son of God made man. He is the single, perfect and definitive word of God the Father. Jesus Christ has already said everything that God wanted to tell us about the men, so that there will be no other Revelation after Christ.

    6. The sources of Revelation: Sacred Scripture and Tradition

    The Revelation of God is found in Sacred Scripture and the divine Tradition. The Sacred Scripture is the Word of God transmitted in writing, and consists of the inspired books by God that form the Bible: 45 of the Old Testament (before the coming of Jesus Christ to the earth) and 27 of the New Testament. The tradition is the divine revelation entrusted by Christ and the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, and transmitted to the Church.

    7. The Church, guardian and interpreter of the deposit of faith

    Christ entrusted to his Church the revelation of God contained in the sacred Scripture and the Tradition. We call deposit of faith to that treasure. Christ has entrusted it to the Church to guards, interprets, professes and preaches it to everyone. This is the Christian doctrine that the Church never tires of teaching to men and women of all ages and all eras.

    8. Knowing the Bible

    The Church has great veneration by the Sacred Scripture, highlighting the four gospels that are in a truly privileged place, because its center is Jesus Christ. In the Mass, after reading the Gospel, the priest kisses it as a sign of veneration and respect. It is logical that Christians know the Sacred Scriptures, especially the Gospels, and devote the time to read and meditate on it. Saint Jerome says: "the ignorance of Scripture is the ignorance of Christ".


    Catechesis Course. Mr. Jaime Pujol Balcells and Mr. Jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. with the permission of the authors.


  C. In some cases Choose one of the words in parentheses to complete the sentences and in other cases use your reading comprehension to complete the phrase: an angel, Jesus, Christ, Saint Jose, by writing, orally, Tradition, Scripture, deposit, doctrine, Geography, Bible

• The Son of God made man is

 
• Holy Scripture has been transmitted
 
• Tradition is transmitted
 
• The New Testament is part of the
 
• The preaching of the Apostles is about
 
• The Revelation of God forms the
 
• The Church preaches
 
• Everyone should know the
 

  Questions of catechisms

1. Can the man know God?  Man can know God through creatures with the light of reason.

2. Is there another way to know God?  Another way to know God is the supernatural revelation made to the man.

3. Where do we find the revelation?  The revelation is in the sacred Scripture and Tradition.

4. What is sacred Scripture?  The sacred Scripture is the written Word of God that the Bible contains.

5. Should we know the sacred Scripture?  We should know the sacred Scriptures better, because as Saint Jerome says: "the Ignorance of the Scriptures is the ignorance of Christ."

6. What is Tradition?  Tradition is the divine revelation entrusted by Christ and the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, and transmitted orally to the Church.

7. Who did Christ entrust the deposit of faith contained in the Sacred Scripture and Tradition?  Christ entrusted the deposit of faith contained in the Sacred Scripture and Tradition to his Church to guard, practice, profess and interpret it authentically.

  D. Choose the correct answer and write the corresponding letter next to the question. The possible answers (A, B, C, D, E, F or G? are down

 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS
• Can the man know God?  
 • Is there another way to know God?  
 • Where do we find the revelation?  
 • What is the sacred Scripture?  
 • Should we know the sacred Scripture?  
 • What is the Tradition?  
 • Who did Christ entrust the deposit of faith contained in the Sacred Scripture and Tradition?  

 

 POSSIBLE ANSWERS
 A

 This is in the sacred Scripture and Tradition.

 B

 The supernatural revelation made to man.

 C

 It is more necessary because as Saint Jerome says: "The ignorance of the Scriptures is the ignorance of Christ."

 D

 The Church to guards, practices, professes and interprets it authentically.

 E

 It is the divine revelation entrusted by Christ and the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and transmitted to the Church.

 F

 Through the creatures with the light of reason.

 G

 It is the written word of God that is contained in the Bible.


  Purposes of Christian life

- Think of this Saint Augustine phrase: "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you."

- Leer cada día algo de la Biblia, comenzando por los cuatro evangelios.





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