To Teach As Jesus Did
“Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus told him: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father also. From this point on you know him; you have seen him.” (John 14:5-7).
One of the central missions of the Church is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. This proclamation takes many forms but the overall goal is the same: to make disciples, to help people come to “believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 4). The word we use for this kind of education in our Faith is “catechesis” and it is directed to all people and every age group in an organic and systematic way. Our parish faith formation programs for children, youth and adults are our attempt to share our faith in age appropriate ways so that all of us will grow deeper in our knowledge and love of God and of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
But at it’s essence, catechesis is more than “just’ taking classes. Since our Faith is alive, so too our understanding of faith must come from our lived experience as well. Therefore, the best catechesis also includes an experience of the Gospel Jesus proclaimed, an examination of the reasons behind our beliefs, an experience of living as a Catholic Christian, the celebration of our Sacraments, an intimate involvement in our life as a community and hands on experience of our missionary outreach and apostolic work. (CCC, 6). For we know that it is through all these various pieces together that the fullness of our Faith is made known and more fully experienced.
So, in the end, the best way to learn our faith is to live our faith… in all its dimensions… in real and concrete ways. Come join us as we live our way deeper into the love of God.