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Incarnation And Bible Study

December 6, 2017
Incarnation and Bible Study
The Catholic Church desires that the Scriptures be understood so that the Lord can be
revealed to man, and through this revelation man will know, love, and serve God, as well as to
obtain salvation. The Church continues to hand down the teachings of the Scriptures, of Jesus
Christ's life, and the belief that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God. God revealed Himself to
us through Jesus Christ so we could know Him more fully. The Gospels of the Bible paint an
exceptional portrait of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God revealed in the flesh;
therefore, in addition to hearing the Scripture at Church, we must also take it upon ourselves to
read the Bible.
As we study the Scriptures and the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, God is drawn into our
spirit and soul. The four Gospels present the many ways God reveals His love in the earthly life
of Jesus. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke start at the beginning of Jesus' life with his
conception and birth. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is introduced to us as an adult beginning his
public life. It is in the Gospel of John that Jesus is declared the eternal Word of God made flesh.
John 1:14 states, "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (The Holy Bible).
The disciples and followers of Christ continued to proclaim Christ's love and God's love
to others. The Church continues this mission through the Lectionary, which is all the Bible
readings (Gospel and Epistle) that are read throughout the liturgical year at the time of the
Eucharist, as well as the seasonal celebrations such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter . These
readings celebrate, honor, and proclaim the life of Jesus Christ and God the Father. By uniting
us with the disciples and followers of Christ in the belief that Jesus is the embodiment of God,
and in the desire to continue to mission of Jesus in the world, it also allows us to not only find
God in our daily life, but to live a life in deeper faith, hope, and love. As a result, we become
empowered to act and serve following the example of Jesus Christ.

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