Dec 292015
 

“Who is Christ Jesus, and why is He the light of nations?” (part 2)

BLN-004 Episode CardWe are continuing our examination the first sentence of the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium. In episode 3 we talked about who is Jesus. In this episode, we are going to focus on answering why the Father said the Christ would be the light of nations.

Episode Quote

Catechism of the Catholic Church ¶2466 From the Catechism of the Catholic Church comes this quote helping us in understanding that it is in His title of Truth that Jesus is called the light to nations.

Shedding Light on Light

  • “I will give you [Jesus] as a light to the nations, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” ~ Isaiah 49:6
  • “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” ~ Genesis 1:1-5
  • Light has characteristics we can study.
  • Father Georges Lemaître, the one who originally proposed the Big Bang theory.
  • Darkness cannot overcome light.
    • It gets darker at night not because darkness overcomes the light from the sun but because the Earth turns away from the sunlight. In the morning, the light overcomes the darkness.
    • This seems to me to be the reason God chose light as the metaphor is because darkness NEVER overcomes light, evil NEVER overcomes good, Cold NEVER overcomes heat. They all come when the dominate one leaves.
  • Ephesians 6:12 tells us there is darkness in the world because ruler of this present age has corrupted some of our fellow humans, and some of us as well.
    • God allows evil because of the gift of freewill; creation choose evil.
    • We can’t know goodness unless we have experienced evil.
    • Our faith teaches us (John 14:27) that God is ruler of all, and He has absolute control of creation. Each morning we are reminded of the promise that every cold night ends with a warm sunrise.
  • “You are the light of the world. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” ~  Matthew 5:16
    • The Church is not a building or a place.
    • If the Vatican was destroyed today, the Church would continue to exist because it is the mystical body of Christ — it’s us.
    • We received the light of the world at baptism. That is when we were born again.
    • You are a walking billboard for Jesus Christ. How well are we showing the world who is Jesus?
    • Following Scripture and the early Church Fathers, the Church teaches there is no other light to guide us than Jesus. Those who are reject Jesus walk in darkness.
    • Christians are not perfect. When we are doing what we should, we are guided by the standard of perfection that brings life.
    • The Church is like the moon. The moon cannot create it’s own light. What it has is only the the light reflected from the sun. Without Jesus, we have no light. Psalm 89:36-37

Vatican II Facts – Fruit of Vatican II: The CCC

  • Catechism of the Catholic Church came from the 1985 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the close of Vatican II, which is why it is called the “fruit of Vatican II.”
  • What is a Synod of Bishops?
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church is frequently abbreviated at CCC.
  • Release in 1992.
  • Condensed version of the 16 Vatican II documents, along with Scripture, various papal documents, canon law, and writings of the saints.
  • First authorized catechism for the entire world since 1566.
  • To catechize is to teach by mouth.
    • A catechism is a book filled with the information used by a catechist to catechize catechumens.
    • Catechesis is the general term we give to teaching about God.
    • Catechising is an important role for religious and laity alike.
    • After confirmation, the confirmed person has been catechesised in the basics of the fair but it will take years to make those teachings their own.
    • Of course, catechists need catechetical training to prepare them for their role.
  • 1891 version of the Baltimore Catechism.
  • “Why did God make you?”
  • Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • The CCC DOES NOT REPLACE the Bible in teaching authority.
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church searching tool.

Homework

  • Study John 14:6-7
  • Get a copy of Catechism of the Catholic Church in a format you are going to use.
  • Bonus points: Write at the top of a journal page “Jesus is the light”. Ask God for some insight, and then write what to mind.

Blessing

May you be open to receiving the blessings that the Father has for you.
May you be open to conforming yourself to the image of Christ, the light of nations.
May you be open to the boldness of the Holy Spirit guiding you to live a life worthy of your calling.
May you be seeking God’s will for your life and doing what brings Him greater glory.
And I for these blessing on you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God!
Saint George Preca, pray for us!