GDC 101: Salvation

The message of catechesis is “A message proclaiming salvation,” as the section 101-102 is headed.

101. The message of Jesus about God is Good News for humanity. Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God; (Cf. Evangelii Nuntiandi 11-14; Redemptoris Missio 12-20; cf. Catechism 541-556.) a new and definitive intervention by God, with a transforming power equal and even superior to his creation of the world.* In this sense, “Christ proclaims salvation as the outstanding element and, as it were, the central point of his Good News. This is the great gift of God which is to be considered as comprising not merely liberation from all those things by which man is oppressed, but especially liberation from sin and from the domination of the evil one, a liberation which incorporates that gladness enjoyed by every man who knows God and is known by him, who sees God and who surrenders himself trustingly to him”. (Evangelii Nuntiandi 9) Catechesis transmits this message of the Kingdom, so central to the preaching of Jesus. In doing so, the message “is gradually deepened, developed in its implicit consequences”, (Catechesis Tradendae 25) and thus manifests its great repercussions for man and the world.

* In the liturgy of the Church it is expressed in the Easter Vigil: “Almighty and eternal God you created all things in wonderful beauty and order. Help us now to perceive how still more wonderful is the new creation by which in the fullness of time you redeemed your people through the sacrifice of our Passover, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever” (Missale Romanum, Easter Vigil, prayer after the first reading).

The message of salvation is not really surprising. Let me limit myself to one comment, how wonderful it is that the Church’s liturgy is such a source of insight and formation–noting that the new Creation occasioned by the Paschal Mystery has surpassed the original creation of the universe.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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