A parable is an apparently simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, to teach a great truth or to challenge the hearers to change their own behaviour. Some of Jesus’ parables are a couple of sentences long while some are extended narratives.
Paschal TriduumThe high point of the Church’s year, commencing on the evening of Holy Thursday and concluding on the evening of Easter Sunday. The Triduum (Latin for “three days”) sees one great celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, interrupted so as to be celebrated in three parts; the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday afternoon and, the great climax, the Easter Vigil on the night of Holy Saturday. “Paschal” is a Middle English form of the Hebrew word for the Passover (‘pesach’).
The suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
A Jewish religious festival and its associated memorial evening dinner remembering the Hebrews’ escape from slavery in Egypt. “Passover” comes from the Hebrew word ‘pesach’ which means ‘skip’ or ‘jump’. It refers back to the way when death came to the first-born of all families in Egypt, it “passed over” the homes of the Israelites. . Jesus’ Last Supper is presented as a Passover meal in the Gospels.
PatriarchyA social system in which males hold primary power in family leadership, social privilege and often, control of property.
The “Roman Peace”; the peace and social stability which existed among the various peoples and groups within the Roman Empire for roughly two centuries beginning with the rule (27 BCE - 14 CE) of the first emperor, Augustus . The Roman Empire reached its greatest extent about 100 CE.)
Greek for “five scrolls”. The first five books of the Bible which in Hebrew are called the Torah “law”.
Greek for “Fiftieth day”. A major Solemnity, celebrated 50 days after Easter. It marks the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the enduring, energising presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
pericopeA selection or extract of text.
A lay group within Judaism of New Testament times known for strict religious observance and determination to prevent the contamination of the faith by foreign practices. As a result, they were influential in the survival of Judaism after the fall of the Temple in 70.
PilgrimageA journey with a religious purpose to a sacred site or place of importance to faith and belief.
Literally means “pepper” - you say this, we say that, you use this Torah verse to justify your response, we use this Torah response.
PreachingDelivery of a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people.
One God called to announce a message to his people. The word comes from the Greek for “important speaker”. Usually the message was not welcomed by most of the people, leading to suffering being part of the lot of prophets. One occasional feature among the activities of prophets was predicting bad times ahead if people didn’t change their ways. This has led to “being a prophet” usually meaning, in everyday English, predicting the future.
- The Gospel of Matthew
- The Gospel of Mark
- The Proclamation of John the Baptist Mark 1:1-8
- Jesus’ Baptism – Mark 1:9-11
- The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry – Mark 1:14-20
- Jesus heals many at Simon’s House – Mark 1:29-34
- Jesus cleanses a Leper – Mark 1:40-45
- The True Kindred of Jesus – Mark 3:31-35
- The Purpose of Parables – Mark 4:10-20
- The parable of the Growing Seed – Mark 4:26-29
- Jesus stills a storm – Mark 4:35-41
- Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac – Mark 5:1-20
- A Girl Restored to Life & a Woman Healed – Mark 5:21-43
- The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth – Mark 6:1-6
- The Mission of the Twelve – Mark 6:6b-13
- Jesus walks on the water – Mark 6:45-52
- Feeding Stories – Mark 6:30-44 & Mark 8:1-10
- Jesus cures a deaf man – Mark 7:31-37
- Jesus’ Declaration about Peter – Mark 8:27-30
- The Transfiguration – Mark 9:2-13
- The Healing of a boy with a spirit – Mark 9:14-29
- Who is the Greatest – Mark 9:33-37
- Jesus blesses the little Children – Mark 10:13-16
- The Rich Man – Mark 10:17-31
- The Request of James and John – Mark 10:35-45
- The First Commandment – Mark 12:28-24
- The Widow’s offering – Mark 12:41-44
- The Necessity for Watchfulness – Mark 13:32-37
- The Resurrection of Jesus – Mark 16:1-8
- The Gospel of Luke
- The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-21
- The Boy Jesus in the Temple – Luke 2:41-52
- The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry & The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth – Luke 4:14-30
- Jesus teaches and heals – Luke 6:17-26
- The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37
- The Lord’s Prayer – Luke 11:1-13
- The Parable of the Prodigal and his Brother – Luke 15:11-32
- Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers – Luke 17:11-19
- The Road to Emmaus – Luke 24:13-35
- The Coming of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:1-12
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