The Catechetical Review - Communicating Christ for a New Evangelization

Catechesis on the Parables of Jesus: The Sheep and the Goats

Authored by Msgr. Paul J. Watson in Issue #30.3 of The Sower
The Gospel writers tell us that after the resurrection Jesus opened the minds of the disciples to understand the Scriptures – in other words, the Old Testament – showing how the whole of the Old Testament was speaking about himself. It also became increasingly clear to the early Church that Christ had established an identity between himself and those who were his followers. As a result, the Church saw that the opening of their minds also included seeing the Old Testament as also revealing the Church, for Christ is now not simply the historical person, but is the totus Christus – the whole Christ, which is Christ and his Body, the Church. Furthermore, the early Church also realised that the reality of Christ, Head and members, is itself an image of the final heavenly reality which will be complete only after the second coming. The identity of Christ and the Church on earth is a prefigurement of the totus Christus in heaven. It is appropriate therefore, to look at a parable which expresses the reality of the totus Christus and invites us to reflect on our life in the Church as a preparation for and a prefigurement of the life of heaven in which our transformation into the likeness of Christ will be complete.

The rest of this online article is available for current subscribers.

Start your subscription today!


This article is from The Sower and may be copied for catechetical purposes only. It may not be reprinted in another published work without the permission of Maryvale Institute. Contact sower@maryvale.ac.uk

Articles from the Most Recent Issue

RCIA & Adult Faith Formation: What’s in a Name?
By Scott Sollom
In the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate, the unbaptized person is referred to as a “candidate for the catechumenate.” This title continues into the Rite of Acceptance. A critical shift, however, occurs during the Signing of the Senses. The celebrant says, “Dear Candidates, your answers mean that you wish to share our life and hope in... Read more
Illuminating, Insightful Book from Ignatius Press
By Colleen Rainone
Free To order these book from Ignatius Press go to https://ignatius.com/ or call 800-651-1531.... Read more
Steubenville Parish Missions
By Colleen Rainone
Free To learn more or to schedule a Steubenville Parish Mission in your parish go to https://steubenvilleconferences.com/parish-missions/ or call 866-538-7426.... Read more

Pages

Watch Tutorial Videos

We've put together several quick and easy tutorial videos to show you how to use this website.

Watch Now