UNIVERSAL CATECHISM, THE: A Homily Sourcebook by N. Abeyasingha +
The biblical narrative is at the heart of Christian identity. Fr. Abeyasingha suggests that the Catechism of the Catholic Church offers a common idiom into which biblical experience is "translated" for application in the modern world. He indicates how this under-utilized tool presents a conceptual framework or background for Sunday preaching. This sourcebook includes an extensive list of references to the Catechism that correspond with the scriptural selections assigned for each Sunday in the year.
Includes a chapter on Homiletics, Catechesis and the Catechism, as well as chapters on the lectionary readings and Catechism references for each cycle of the lectionary and and index to Catechism paragraphs.
"My contention is that Vatican II re-affirmed the Tradition. In doing so it provided us with a common/d/om and a common grammar. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, recently published in various vernacular editions, attempts to present this common idiom and grammar. Why not re-learn and re-affirm the idiom and grammar of the Tradition (as it is reflected in the Catechism) and re-read and--especially in our liturgy--re-proclaim this Tradition as an invitation to faith and repentance Coy referring ourselves to the salvific memory enshrined in the Scripture readings of each Sunday)? Perhaps in this way we will begin to communicate. Perhaps we may regain vitality in our ministry by refusing to protect ourselves and others from the truth of the Gospel. Perhaps in the liturgy we, like the great prophets, will not be afraid to realize that God is a God who acts; that God's action is certain even though it is unpredictable.
"The proposal presented in the following pages is simply this:
- We need a common idiom and a common grammar; other-
wise, we cannot communicate. This common idiom gives us an
extensive knowledge of specifics that are a vital part of "The Way," namely, the culture that we can call Christian.
- Each Sunday we meet as a celebrating community and hear
the word of God proclaimed, calling us to faith and conversion. This celebration provides us with a rather intensive experience of relationships within the Christian community.
- Why not use the occasion and opportunity of the celebration to hear the homiletic proclamation in a common idiom and using a common grammar? In this way we grow to be a people joined together by a common culture; we become a communion because we communicate in the word, in the Mystery, in a "Communion of Saints." What we do in the liturgical celebration and in our life will give sense to what we say." - N. Abeyasingha (from the Introduction)
A valuable resource for preachers and teachers!!
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