2 In scripture, Jesus proclaims that he will always be with us In scripture, Jesus proclaims that he will always be with us. Although he is not physically with us, the presence of the Holy Spirit allows him to work with us.
3 Here are the 5 ways Christ is present today: 1. Jesus acts through people 2. Jesus acts through people who freely choose to be in communion with him 3. Jesus acts through the Word Word of Scripture 4. Jesus acts in the liturgy 5. Jesus acts in the witness of people
4 1. Jesus acts through people transforming culture into what God wants/intends for us, is a vocation for all Christianswhen we act according to God’s wishes and commandments we make Jesus and his teachings present in culture
5 2. Jesus acts through people who freely choose to be in communion with him Jesus is the goodness of God incarnate (come to life, human existence of God)a person’s conversion to Christ (choosing to follow his example) brings us closer to God
6 3. Jesus acts through the Word of Scripture the beliefs, meanings and values of Christianity are not human inventionsour culture was revealed to us by God, through Jesus and are found in Scriptureto find our way in culture we must turn to the example set out by JesusChristians believe that Jesus is present when we proclaim Scripture
7 4. Jesus acts in the liturgy the spirit of Jesus is active when the Christian community assembles to give praise and thanks in the form of the Eucharistic celebrationChrist is always present when we celebrate the sacraments (Baptism, Confession etc.) and sacred moments (Advent, Lent, etc.)these times remind us of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus
8 5. Jesus acts in the witness of people Jesus is present when we do something for others (ex: feed the hungry)Jesus tells us that whenever we care for a person in need, we show we care for him (Matthew 25:40)the first letter of John 4:8 teaches us that God is love, therefore, when we act in love, God is presentlove is our greatest gift and the greatest gift that Christians can make to culture is to live a life of love
9 HomeworkMake sure the work in this booklet is done.