Signs of God’s Love—and other review of Sacramental Awareness -God saw that all that he had made, indeed, was very good. (Genesis) -In the beginning was the Word; the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh (the Incarnation) and dwelt among us! (John’s Gospel) -The story of our faith: The Incarnation was the fulfillment of a series of promises God made to the Chosen People, the Jews. God freed the Israelites, sustained them in the desert, and delivered them into a land “flowing with milk and honey,” God fashioned a people from Abraham’s family and entered into a covenant with them. While the Chosen People ignored their part of the covenant, God never abandoned them. God sent them a Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord. God-becoming-human makes all of human life, all of created reality, worthwhile. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the games we play, the jokes we enjoy, the work we do, the rest we seek are all important to God who became one of us. Everything connected to human life is worthy, is sacred, has meaning and importance. Jesus shared all this with us. He was born; he died. He laughed; he cried. He worked. He was tempted. He was like us. The sacraments celebrate the wonder of the incarnation. The compassionate God comes to us in the special moments of our lives. At birth; at death; and in between. Read Matthew 6: 25-34. (Jesus teaches us to trust in God’s loving providence.) Read the following “Messianic passages” from Hebrew Scripture: 2 Sm 7 (Davidic covenant) Is 11 (sevenfold spirit of the Messiah) Is 53 (Suffering Servant) Dn 7 (Son of Man) Write your own psalm of praise for God’s glorious creation. Sacramentals: sacred signs that signify and gain for us spiritual benefits through the church’s intercession Objects: candles used in prayer or worship; holy water; statues and icons, holy pictures; blessed ashes on Ash Wednesday; palms for Holy Week; rosaries; relics; incense; vestments; scapulars; church buildings; crosses; religious medals Actions: blessings, genuflections before the Blessed Sacrament; the Sign of the Cross; bowing one’s head at the name of Jesus; church processions Places: the Holy Land, Rome, Fatima, Lourdes, the National Shrine and other places of pilgrimage; chapels and retreat centers Prayers: short prayers said throughout the day; grace before and after meals Sacred Time: holy days; feasts of the saints; special days of prayer, fasting, and abstinence Signs—anything that points to something else. School bell that signals class is over; umpire’s gesture for “safe”; an EXIT sign Artificial signs—conventional meaning attached to them, such as “red light” for stop; language—t-a-b-l-e, or m-e-s-a, or could be u-r-g-h! to mean the same thing. Natural signs—come from nature. Smoke—usually means fire Crocuses; daffodils—sign of Spring Smile implies happy (usually!) Symbols—signs filled with deep meanings that come from within and are not just explicitly stated. Call forth conscious and unconscious feelings and thoughts. Family picture love Trophy pride Love letter not just words, but evokes feelings, heart, mind, imagination -symbols can reveal part of reality without communicating all of it -symbols can reveal or conceal -symbols bring about another reality. Wedding ring might evoke thoughts of wedding day or thoughts of spouse. Reality of the love is greater than the ring. -symbols take time to develop and have many layers of meaning. Birthday—rich individual symbol. Your special day and takes on new meanings each year. Symbols are meaningful signs that call forth deep feelings and thoughts that make present and real what is hidden to the eye. Sacrament: Comes from the Latin word sacramentum, a word we can safely assume Jesus did not use, nor does the New Testament, originally written in Greek, use. 1. St. Paul: Mystery of God’s Love. Early theologians used the Greek term mysterion (mystery.) 2. Sacramentum: Pledge and Oath. Church father Tertullian applied sacramentum to the Christian rites of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and eucharist) 3. St. Augustine: Sacred Sign. In the fifth century, St. Augustine developed the notion of sacrament as a special sign or symbol. “a visible sign of an invisible reality; a visible sign of invisible grace.” 4. St. Thomas Aquinas: Efficacious Symbol—effects (brings about) what it symbolizes and symbolizes what it effects.
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