11. Public life of Jesus

  1. Public life of Jesus

   During the three years Jesus revealed Himself as Son of God a lot of things happened, but we can highlight the baptism at the Jordan river, the wedding at Cana, the preaching, the transfiguration and the Eucharist.

    Jesus went to Jordan river to be baptized by John. After his baptism, Jesus saw how the Holy Spirit, in the shape of a dove, descended upon him. Then the voice of the Father was heard. He said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." (Mt 17, 5). This is the manifestation of the three members of the Holy Trinity.

    His first miracle was in Cana of Galilee. They were in a wedding and ran out of wine early. Mary turned to Jesus and said “They have no more wine” He told the servants to fill six stone jars with water and transformed then the water into the best wine. With this miracle He manifest His glory and his disciples started to believe in him. After that He did a lot of miracles: he healed blinds and mutes, resurrected the dead, healed leprous, exorcize demons and forgive sins. Only He could do all these miracles, because God is almighty.

    Jesus preached about the Gospel or Good News: God is my Father and also yours, and you are my brothers. He explained the Beatitudes, where the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful and the peacemakers are praised. He preached with parables, using examples of ordinary life.

  A. Answer the questions

 How many years Jesus's public life lasted?

 Jesus was baptized in the following river

 He was baptized by

 He made the first miracle in

 In the wedding at Cana they ran out of

 He wanted the help of the

 Jesus preached the Good

 He said God is our

  2. The transfiguration and the Eucharist

       “Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.”

       Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellingshere, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’(Mt 17,4)While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved;with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ (Mt 17,5)

        That was done by Jesus to fortify the faith of the Apostles before the Passion.

       During the Passover Jesus did the Last Supper with his apostles. He took a towel, put water in a deep dish and started to washed the feet. Here Jesus was given us an example of how we must help and serve each other.

      Later He introduced the Eucharist. While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said: “This is my blood of the* covenant, which is poured out for many.” (Mc 14, 22-24).

       He founded the Holy Church and faithfully obeyed the wishes of the Father.

  B. Answer with a word.

 Jesus went with Peter, James and

 “If you want I'll make three tents” This was said by

 What shone like the sun?

 What were white as light?

 They were also

 In the Passover, Jesus celebrated the Last

 To the Apostles, Jesus washed their

 Jesus instituted the

  3. Questions from the catechism

1. What is the public life of Jesus? The public life of Jesus is the period of time in which He was preaching until His departure from the world.

2. What Jesus did during his public life? In his public life Jesus was presented as the promised Messiah and the Son of God. He preached about salvation and founded the Church. His mission was confirmed by the sanctity of his life and the miracles He did. He died in the cross to save mankind and resurrected.

3. How can be the life of Jesus summarized? The life of Jesus is summarized in the observance of the laws and wishes of his Father to bring redemption to the world.

  C. Choose the correct answer for each question and write the letter at the right.  



 1. What was the public life of Jesus?

  2. What did Jesus during his years of public life?

  3. How can the life of Jesus be summarized?



 In the observance of the laws and wishes of the Father to bring redemption to the world.


 Jesus was the promised Mesiah, the Son of God sent by the Father. He preached about salvation and founded the Church. His mission was confirmed by the sanctity of his life and the miracles He did. He died in the cross to save mankind and later resurrected.


 The years he was preaching until he left this world.

  Intentions for a Christian life

- Read every day some passage of the Gospel about the life of Jesus and meditate about it.

- Imitate the life of Jesus in our relationships with the rest of men.

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