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Introductions

Prayer

“Come Holy Spirit…”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us.

Reading Recap

  • Our 12-period study is like the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), when Our Lord explained the “big picture” of Scripture’s “great deeds, adventure, love, betrayal, sacrifice, miracles, and much more.”
  • “Scripture is a unity… Jesus is the center and heart.” (CCC No. 112)
  • This study draws-on the wisdom of ancient rabbis, Church Fathers, history, modern scholars, and the authors’ original interpretation.
  • Does anyone else have any further summary points?

Discussion Questions

  • Read the Emmaus story:

[13]

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma’us, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
[14] and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
[15] While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
[16] But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
[17] And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
[18] Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
[19] And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
[20] and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
[21] But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened.
[22] Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning
[23] and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
[24] Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.”
[25] And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
[26] Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
[27] And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
[28]

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further,
[29] but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
[30] When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.
[31] And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.
[32] They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?”
[33] And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them,
[34] who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
[35] Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

  • The disciples on the road had the current news and thought they understood what was happening, but Our Lord clearly showed them how little they knew, and filled-in the gaps. In what ways are we like these disciples? What are we hoping Jesus will teach us in this study?
  • How will we recognize Jesus’ voice in our study, versus our own thoughts?
  • Read CCC 115-117, about the senses of Scripture:

115 According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the literal and the spiritual, the latter being subdivided into the allegorical, moral and anagogical senses. The profound concordance of the four senses guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church.

116 The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation: “All other senses of Sacred Scripture are based on the literal.”83

117 The spiritual sense. Thanks to the unity of God’s plan, not only the text of Scripture but also the realities and events about which it speaks can be signs.

1. The allegorical sense. We can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ; thus the crossing of the Red Sea is a sign or type of Christ’s victory and also of Christian Baptism.84

2. The moral sense. The events reported in Scripture ought to lead us to act justly. As St. Paul says, they were written “for our instruction”.85

3. The anagogical sense (Greek: anagoge, “leading”). We can view realities and events in terms of their eternal significance, leading us toward our true homeland: thus the Church on earth is a sign of the heavenly Jerusalem.86

  • Give an example of each of the four senses of Scripture and explain why you understand the particular example in that sense.
  • What are your favorite Scripture Study tools/references, and why?

Wrap-Up

  • What are we taking-away from this week’s study and discussion?

Closing Prayer

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 4:

[2] When I called upon him, the God of my justice heard me: when I was in distress, thou hast enlarged me. Have mercy on me: and hear my prayer. [3] O ye sons of men, how long will you be dull of heart? why do you love vanity, and seek after lying? [4] Know ye also that the Lord hath made his holy one wonderful: the Lord will hear me when I shall cry unto him. [5] Be angry, and sin not: the things you say in your hearts, be sorry for them upon your beds. [6] Offer up the sacrifice of justice, and trust in the Lord: many say, Who sheweth us good things? [7] The light of thy countenance O Lord, is signed upon us: thou hast given gladness in my heart. [8] By the fruit of their corn, their wine and oil, they are multiplied. [9] In peace in the selfsame I will sleep, and I will rest: [10] For thou, O Lord, singularly hast settled me in hope.

Amen.

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