Appendix — SET I
Listening to Christ: Living Word of God
Skills and Values of Special Importance
1. Scripture Reflection: How to reflect and meditate on Sacred Scripture, a Hebrew Catholic approach to Lectio Divina. How to discern and encounter the presence of Christ the Word throughout all Scripture, and to thereby grow in one’s personal relationship with Him.
This is an activity of growing importance within the Hebrew Catholic apostolate which encourages small groups, house groups, including our own “havurot” (gatherings – singular “havurah”) to meet for the purpose of knowing, loving and serving Jesus Christ, our Messiah, to the best of our ability, in the context of our cultural stream within the Church.
We produce weekly guides for meditation on the Sacred Scriptures. Usually the Scripture selection is taken from the Readings of the appropriate Sunday Mass, with particular attention focussed upon the Gospel of the day. Our narrative approach to reflection on the Scriptures enables people from all backgrounds to participate. The approach strengthens the faith of active Christians; but also provides a relaxed atmosphere for those who may have lapsed in their Christian practice, to restore some degree of connection with the Faith, without any pressure to resume Church membership unless they request it. The gatherings are also ideal for group members to invite neighbours, friends or anyone interested, to participate without pressure of any kind to become members of the Catholic Church ― yet knowing they are invited to enquire about this should they wish to do so. We consider this a practical form of genuine evangelisation at “grass-roots” level. It is a means to promote personal encounter with Christ the Word — Living Word of God
2. Salvation History: Learning how to read and understand the principal stories and themes of the Hebrew Christian Scriptures, under the guidance of the Teaching of the Church.
3. Principal Doctrines of the Church: Knowing key elements of the Faith and being able to explain them simply in everyday language, at whatever level is appropriate in our personal circumstances.
4. Hebrew Catholic Culture:
- Hebrew Catholic Calendar: linking major festivals and events from each tradition. Learning to live, love and enjoy the vitality and growth of Hebrew Catholic culture, in a totally inclusive manner; learning to welcome all who wish to joint in such celebrations.
- Hebrew, Latin and Greek: promoting each language which has etched itself in the historical heritage of our Faith, and retaining elements of each in our blessings, instruction and worship.
- Hebrew Catholic customs and practice: helping others to understand and participate fully in our beautiful heritage.
5. Understanding and Upholding the dignity and honour of being a people or a person set apart in God’s service as a Channel of Preparation as in the case of: the Jewish people; Mary, Mother of Jesus; St John the Baptist; the Church.
6. Skills to interpret, understand, and use the modern technological media in our religious education, formation and evangelisation.
7. Skills to understand the nature, changes and trends in one’s own culture and to discern false information, hidden agendas, dubious politics, misguided movements and projects ― and all manner of covert anti-Christian planning and influence which are gaining ground in the 21st Century.
8. Skills to expose the real and pernicious agendas of many anti-Christian movements, policies and actions ― sometimes even parading as virtuous charitable works.
9. Skills to understand the currents and trends within one’s culture, in order to resist the erosion of the Catholic Faith and its long standing tradition of reverence, respectful language, devotion and loving service.
10. Skills to present the teaching of Jesus Messiah as the real answer to the world’s real needs.