Fr. Jefferson Bennit

Formation of the Gospels - Catechesis

Formation of the Gospels – Catechesis

The apostolic preaching was directed to those who had heard nothing about salvation in Christ. It was aimed at eliciting the response of faith from the listeners. Those who responded with faith were given a deeper understanding of the Christ-event through teaching (didache) or catechesis. In instructing the new converts the disciples made use of Jesus’ own teaching, his words and deeds, and the…

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John 3: 1-36 - Relationship between “to be born from above” and love of God

John 3: 1-36 – Relationship between “to be born from above” and love of God

What is the relationship between “to be born from above” and this love? The rebirth through Spirit, through Baptism, that is, through identification with the paschal mystery of Christ is the experience of the incomparable and unconditional divine love revealed in the death of Jesus that transforms us radically and thoroughly. When God’s love overpowers us, we cannot be the same. We will have an…

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John 3: 1-36 - How did God love?

John 3: 1-36 – How did God love?

“God so loved…” How did God Love? Unconditional commitment was revealed in creation, call, election, covenant, and the giving of the Law. Creation was an act of God through which he let his inner being overflow. All the decision God takes thereafter and all the plans he realizes through history for the good of human beings are revelations of his love. God’s liberating action in favour of Israel…

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John 3: 1-36 - Mission of Father and Son

John 3: 1-36 – Mission of Father and Son

“God so loved the world, that God gave his only Son…”. These words express the essence of God’s self-revealing, pure, self-giving love in the whole history of salvation beginning from creation. It is the sum total of hundreds of texts in various books, especially prophets verbalizing the infinite love of God. The word used for love in Greek is “agapan” as different from philein or eros. Agaperefe…

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Objections to Teaching Authority in the Church

Objections to Teaching Authority in the Church

According to some critique the hierarchical authority is a juridical concept, which has no place in teaching. It has to do with the truth and the bishops or the hierarchy cannot make something true by their teaching authority. If something is not true, no authority here on earth can make it so.

But when many things are not intrinsically evident, and we rely much on faith, we need the help of…

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Views on the Virginity of Mary

Views on the Virginity of Mary

Valentinian

It is the sub-division of the Gnosticism.  This group affirms the virginal conception as well as the virginal birth.  For them May is the Way and not the Mother.  Mary is the way though which Jesus came.  She is the way through which Jesus passed through.  Jesus did not assume anything from Mary.

Tertullian

He denied the virginity of Mary after the birth of…

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John 3: 1-36 - Use of “water” together with “Spirit”

John 3: 1-36 – Use of “water” together with “Spirit”

Why then does the evangelist of the Gospel of John use “water” together with “Spirit”? Water is the symbol of “Spirit” in the gospel of John (Jn 7: 37-39; 19: 34). If so, why this repetition? This is an intentional repetition because the evangelist wants to indicate the concrete way in the Church for being reborn in Spirit, namely baptism. It is through baptism that the spiritual begetting from…

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Pastoral Teaching Authority - Magisterium

Pastoral Teaching Authority – Magisterium

The ultimate authority in the Church is God, who reveals. And the absolute truth is his Word. The role of bishops or those who are endowed with pastoral teaching authority is to facilitate others to hear the Word of God. Hence there is a need for trustworthiness or reliability of those who are helping others to hear the Word of God. The apostle and apostolic men were chosen by Christ and called…

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Formation of Gospels Primitive Preaching

Formation of Gospels Primitive Preaching

After the resurrection of Jesus and the event of the Pentecost the disciples began to preach about the risen Christ as Son of God and Saviour of the world. Their initial proclamation of the Christian message, which is called the primitive kerygma, consisted of brief statements, the essentials of the message, namely, the passion, death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ. Gradually, the…

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Formation of Gospels and Jesus of Nazareth

Formation of Gospels and Jesus of Nazareth

The central figure and the hero of the gospel story is Jesus of Nazareth. It is his ministry, his words and deeds, his passion, death, and resurrection that our gospels describe. What Jesus actually said and did, and the events of his suffering, death, and resurrection constitute the first stage of the material which forms the basis of our written gospels.

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