Your Federal Quarterly Tax Payments are due April 15th Get Help Now >>

Infancy Narratives by 3Ve76z44

VIEWS: 0 PAGES: 14

									Infancy Narratives

In the Gospels according to
     Matthew and Luke
              Infancy Narratives
 From the early Church’s desire to
  understand better who the Risen Christ is
 Not overly concerned about historical
  Details (not a newspaper account)
 BUT more concerned about the Religious
  Truth/Significance:
       God so loved the world He gave His only Son
        to be like us humans, except in sin.
              Infancy Narratives
   Matthew                        Luke
   Primary Audience:                  Primary Audience:
                                            Gentile Communities
        Jewish Christians
                                             (no Jewish background,
        (have Jewish                         treated as lowly
        background, know the                 outcasts, poor)
        Old Testament and the          Jesus is the Savior of
        prophesies about the            All, loving and caring
        Messiah)                        towards the outcast
   Jesus as the
    Messiah, the King
    Same Events but Different Details

   Matthew                          Luke
        Jesus, the promised             Jesus’ lineage is
         Messiah has His roots            traced all the way to
         from KING DAVID and              ADAM—the father of
         ABRAHAM                          all of us human beings
             From a Royal Line          Jesus as the Son of
             An Israelite                God the Father—
        # 7 (14 x 3                      shows Jesus’ divinity
         generations), symbolic           as well
         number of fulfillment           He is the Son of God
                                          who has come to save
                                          humanity from sin
    Same Events but Different Details


   Matthew                       Luke
        Joseph received the          News was given by
         news from an                  Angel Gabriel to Mary,
         unnamed angel                 who being a woman
         through a dream               was considered lowly
                                       (unimportant)
                                      She says “yes” – FIAT
                                      Jesus has come to
                                       save all, even the
                                       poorest of the poor
    Same Events but Different Details

   Matthew                              Luke
        Magi, wise men,                     Poor shepherds to
         gentiles, astrologers                whom the angels
         from the East                        proclaimed the good
        Showing that Jesus is                news: Savior is Born!
         the King of kings                        Considered as unclean
                                                   and outcasts
        Had symbolic gifts                       Luke shows how the
             Gold—for the King                    Savior reaches out
             Frankincense—offering                compassionately to the
              to God                               poor, sinners and
             Myrrh—foreshadowing                  outcasts
              of Jesus’ death and
              suffering
        Unique Details in Matthew
   The Holy Family’s
    Escape to Egypt
       Parallel to Old
        Testament’s Story of
        Moses and the Exodus
            Both were saved from
             slaughter so that they
             could carry out God’s
             saving plan
                  Moses the liberator
                   and teacher of Jews
                  Jesus is the New
                   Teacher and Savior of
                   the World
            Unique Details in Luke
   Visitation of Mary to her
    cousin Elizabeth
       Show’s Mary’s trust in God
        and her goodness to be of
        service to the needy
   Jesus’ Circumcision
       Given the symbolic name
        Jesus: God Saves
   Jesus is presented in the
    Temple
       Simeon and Anna were the
        first to proclaim the
        significance of Jesus’ birth,
        marking the era of the end
        of the Old and the
        beginning of the New
        Covenant
    Common Elements: Mt & Lk
   Jesus is born of the
    Virgin Mother
    (through the power of
    the Holy Spirit)
       Jesus is unlike any
        other person!
       He is God made Man,
        the Incarnation of God
       The importance of
        Mary in our Salvation
    Common Elements: Mt & Lk
   Jesus was born in the
    time of King Herod
    the Great (4-6 B.C.);
    Caesar Augustus
       The inclusion of such
        historical facts would
        show that Jesus’ birth
        really did happen in
        our history
    Common Elements: Mt & Lk
   Angels brought the
    Good News
       Sacredness of a place
        or event, showing
        God’s presence in a
        visible way
       A literary form
        common in the O.T.,
        now used to symbolize
        God’s action (of
        sending His Son)
     Jesus in His Growing-up Years
   Only Luke has this story
       Finding Jesus in the
        Temple
          Symbolic   story
             Jesus was a practicing Jew
             Jesus’ special relation with
              God the Father
                 His special mission of
                  obeying His Father’s
                  will
             Jesus remained obedient
              to His earthly parents
                 Part of fulfilling His
                  mission
                 A visible sign of His
                  relationship with His
                  God the Father
 The Message of the Hidden Years
    Three lessons we learn in Jesus’
     childhood/youth:
1.   Silence: external and internal, not like a
     noisy gong or an empty can (nonsense &
     foolishness)
2.   Family: communion of love, simple joys
3.   Work: (as a carpenter’s son) not to be
     lazy, spoiled and dependent, but to strive
     hard
         What’s the point, Bro?
   If Jesus spent His hidden years preparing
    Himself for His future mission (of
    preaching the Good News) by deepening
    His wisdom and relationship with God-His
    Father, strengthening His character and
    discipline, practicing His compassion for
    the poor and needy…

								
To top