Mrs. Fiedler’s ELL and Theology students, after getting your textbooks out of your lockers pleasee remember our ELL textbook, ELL workbook, Ted Talk workbooks (2) of them, and Theology bookss are in our classroom.

Hello Class,

Please know that I am thinking about you and praying for your families. It is my hope that the arrival of spring and our Theology class on line… will be a bright spot in your day !

March 19th, Thursday B Day

    1. 1.

Begin class with the reflection below.

    1. If you can not get the link to play, Google “Loyola three minute retreats”

https://www.loyolapress.com/retreats/we-are-christs-presence-start-retreat

2.  Read the following on St. Joseph:

Today the Church celebrates Saint Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the guardian of the Christ-child.

The Gospels are very clear that Joseph is not the father of the Lord Jesus.  The child born of the Virgin Mary is Jesus and has no earthly father.  The body of Christ’s human nature is created by what the scriptures describe as “the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Christ is like us …shares with us a human nature and lives a real human life. And yet, Christ is unlike us inasmuch as he is the singular instance in which a divine nature and a human nature share a divine person.

Simply expressed, Christ is God and manIt is because of Christ’s willingness to accept a human nature with all its limitations that we are able to participate in his divine nature.  This participation, a gift given to us by Christ, is the most profound mystery of the Faith.

We can imagine that Joseph himself did not fully understand the circumstances surrounding Christ’s conception and birth, but he was able to love what he did not fully understand. It is in this love that both his faith and his sanctity are revealed.

THE FIRST SCRIPTURE talking about this is a small section from the Second Book of Samuel that presents the prophet Nathan speaking to King David about his future heir.  David will have a son who will accomplish something that David will not.  What will the son of David do?  Build the Lord God a magnificent temple.

King David’s son, Solomon, would accomplish this feat and would do so with such glory that generations after its destruction, his temple is still remembered as one of the most glorious of all human artistic achievements.  However, the Church does not present this scripture from Second Samuel today so that we can remember Solomon, son of David, but Jesus, the Son of David!

Jesus, the Son of David, whose ancestry is traced back to Israel’s royal family through Joseph, is King David’s rightful heir.  Christ bears the legacy of Israel’s kingship and he builds a temple.  But the temple Christ builds is greater than Solomon’s.  How so? Because, God reveals himself in the human nature of Christ in a way that is likened to how the divine presence fills the sanctuary of Solomon’s temple with glory.


3. Reflection

We will discuss this together in class:

When we have to face difficult situations as Jesus, Joseph, and David did, how do you react? Do you try harder, give up, or find ways to work through it? Do you think a Bible scripture is helpful?


4.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJNjtA-Awb4

Watch the first 30 minutes on the above video on Stations of the cross explained by Bishop Robert Barron


Have a wonderful day!

Mrs. Fiedler


March 23, Monday, B Day

Reflection: Always Stay Humble and Kind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awzNHuGqoMc

Class, Think about the following prior to reading:

      • Jesus heals the son of a royal offical
      • Healer, that is why Jesus came; that is who he is. In Jesus the divinity and the humanity meet
      • Jesus’ ministry of healing expresses in history God’s ultimate intention for the world
      • Reflect: How do you see Jesus healing people today?

John 4:43-54

When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee. When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival.

Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.’ The official said to him, ‘Sir, come down before my little boy dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, ‘Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.’ The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live.’ So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaWI4-n0z_0

CHECKING FOR MASTERY!

DONT FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

Advent:
The four week liturgical season during which Christians prepare themselves for the celebration
of Christmas.
Christmas:
The feast day on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus; also refers to the liturgical
season that immediately follows Christmas Day.
Epiphany:
A feast day celebrating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus and the revelation of the
Savior to the Gentiles. Originally celebrated on t
he twelfth day of Christmas (January 6), Epiphany is now
celebrated on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.
Lent:
Traditionally, the span of forty days (excepting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter
Sunday. In the official Church calendar, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy
Thursday evening with the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It is followed by the Triduum, the three
days of the Lord’s Passion, death, and Resurrection. Lent is the season during which believers focus on
conversion, turning toward God more completely in their lives.
liturgical year:
The Church’s annual cycle of religious feasts and seasons that forms the context for the
Church’s worship. During the liturgical year, we remember and celebrate God
the Father’s saving plan as it is revealed through the life of his Son, Jesus Christ.
Ordinary Time:
The time in the liturgical year that is not part of a special season like Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter.

Understanding Lent
Reflect on the first Station of the Cross – Jesus is Condemned to Death.
Remember: When Israel dreamed of a new David, it dreamed of a King that would unite the nation, cleanse the temple, and defeat Israel”s enemies, aand then reign over the whole world.
The confrontation between Jesus and Pontius Pilate , the local representative of Caesar. Pilot undoubtedly sure of his power and authority, sizes up the criminal:”Are you the King of the Jews?” What he was really asking: “Are you the king of the world?” Are you the NEW DAVID, destined to reign over all the nations?
Enrichment:
How do you feel when you have to take a stand and speak for what is right?

MARCH 25,  Wednesday, B Day

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation We celebrates the coming of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce to her the special mission God had chosen for her in being the mother of His only son.

The feast of the Annunciation began to be celebrated on this day during the fourth and fifth centuries, soon after the date for celebrating Christmas was universalized throughout the Church. This feast celebrates the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity (Jesus)  and the salvation of all mankind. This point of our salvation was deeply discussed by many of the Church fathers, to explain it to the faithful and to show the deep love God has for us. Some of the Church fathers who wrote on this were St. Athanasius, St. Gregory of Nyssa and St. Augustine.

BIBLE READING

Luke 1: 26-38

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,

27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Jseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28 He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! The Lord is with you.’

29 She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean,

30 but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour.

31 Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.

32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David;

33 he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’

34 Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?’

35 The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High  will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.

36 And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month,

Assignment for enrichment:

Be able to explain from the above reading: WHAT IS REVEALED HERE ABOUT GOD’S TMING AND HIS PROMISE?

Short video of Angel Gabriel visiting Mary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT_cHi8QJMw


MARCH 27, FRIDAY – B-DAY

Forth week of Lent.
ENRICHMENT:
Be able to share with the class what you learned from this video. Speaking for myself, it touched my heart! I hope that you will be profoundly touched by the kindness this man has shown to the elderly lady in the video.
 Read the following:

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

The Word of God

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival was near.
Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.’ Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’ Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Some thoughts on today’s scripture
  • Jesus’ ‘hour’? Jesus spoke of doing the will of his Abba Father. He had a sense of being led by this ‘will’ and wanting to do it. Have you had a sense of ‘being led’? When have I responded to this and when have I not. Talk with Jesus about this.
  • Some thoughts on today’s scripture

    • The festival of Booths (or Tabernacles) commemorates the wandering of the Hebrew people in the desert, part of the first Exodus. Jesus’ death and resurrection will constitute the second Exodus.
    • John often plays with different levels of meaning (or ambiguities). Where is Jesus from? Nazareth, of course! But Jesus is claiming to be “from God”, because he is sent. Note the number of times in John’s gospel that he refers to God (or more usually his Father) as “the one who sent me”.
      • “Without drawing attention to himself…” Jesus never made himself the center. He was ever pointing to his Father and towards the end of his life, speaking of the Spirit that was to come. “They tried to arrest him…” On the horizon was the day when “his hour” would come, the hour of his death, the hour of his glory.”Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1).
      • “Yet we know where this man is from…” From Galilee, yes, but also from his Father in heaven. “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son…” (JohnIs it possible to say that you and I are also “sent” since God is our Father too?Do I want to be led / With all that that might involve? Jesus’ call to me is to love as He loved and loves me; to the e

        Some thoughts on today’s scripture

        • Our gospel today tells us of Jesus going up to Jersualem for one of the big feast days and how he preached to the people. He got a mixed reception.  Many refused to believe him because they felt he was not important, but he tries to tell them that he comes from God and asks them to listen to Gods message.
        • How do you pray on a text like this?  Some suggestions – (1) enter into the way Jesus must have felt within himself in his frustration and their refusal to hear his good news.  This helps us to better understand the human aspect of his life and brings us closer to him as we realise who much he is like us.  (2) How do you manage when people reject you and criticise you when you mean well?  It can be a great help to turn to the Lord as someone who understands you from his own experience and who supports you by his friendship.
        Some thoughts on today’s scripture
        • Some reacted to Jesus by wanting to kill him.
        • Yet at times the Son of God spoke openly. But the people did not know how to react to him. Some thought that he was just a man from Nazareth. But he had a background which they did not grasp. Another One, his Father, had sent him into the world. He was from above.
        • The one who sent Jesus contains all truth. But Jesus himself is that truth. Those who listened to him did not really know what truth is. To accept Jesus is to have the truth at its deepest level.

        Some thoughts on today’s scripture

        • This Gospel describes the struggle in Jesus: how to reveal himself to his people when many of them were seeking an excuse to kill him. Because they know he is from Nazareth, they write him off – it is too ordinary a place to produce a Messiah.
        • Lord, you show yourself to me in the ordinary. Let me recognise you there todayJ
 HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. MAY YOUR DAY BE BETTER BECAUSE OF THE ENRICHMENT YOU HAVE RECEIVED. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

 

 

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