Advent: Preparing For Christ, Cycle C is a four week Scripture Study program which includes one DVD featuring Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. and a Study Guide by Sandra B. Fountain. The Lesson titles include: Week I - Judgment and mercy are the predominant themes for this first week. If today's readings had to be summed up in a few words, they might be: "Don't worry. I read the end of the book, and we, the good guys, win". All three communities addressed in today's readings are suffering some sort of persecution. Advent begins with a reflection on the end times. We will meditate on God's triumph over our sins, God's promise to the Old Testament people of a new covenant, the end times, and further reflection on what our response to the end time, in, light of Jesus' saving work, should be. Week II - In a very specific time and place God has broken into history and fulfilled the prophecies found in Isaiah and echoed in Baruch: mountains are leveled and valleys filled and "all flesh will see the salvation of God." The themes in the readings this week are hope, an exultant expectation, and joy. Yes, God is just, but God is so merciful that he has saved Jerusalem. Not only will Jerusalem be saved but "all flesh" will see the salvation of God. Week III - This week begins with Gaudete Sunday, meaning to "Rejoice in the Lord". Today's readings continue to refer to the Second Coming (the "Day of the Lord") but the emotional emphasis is on joy; for those who are in Christ have nothing to fear. Week IV - In the final week of Advent, the readings begin to focus on the imminent arrival of the Messiah. Each reading gives us a clue as to the identity of the Messiah, Jesus, the Son of God. Each weekly lesson includes an Introduction; three Scripture readings; Points to Ponder, Tying It All Together; Catechism Connections; Rome to Home; Study Questions; Voices of the Saints; and ends with Questions for Reflection. "Suggested Responses" are located in the back of the Guide. The season of Advent begins the Church liturgical year. It is a time when the Church asks us to stop what we are doing and reassess where we are spiritually. Through the Advent Liturgy, and especially the Advent readings, the Church invites us to examine the path we are on, to perhaps redirect our focus: if our lives are not Christ centered, now is the time to get back on track. While this study will follow the Catholic Scripture Study format, it will be a little different, because we are going to look at the Advent Sunday lectionary readings instead of a particular book. To prepare for the session, you are encouraged to use the ancient method of Lectio Divina.
Media ID: 62036
Publisher: Catholic Scripture Study International
Level: A

Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult