Catechesis and the Gospel Kerygma

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Catechetical Explanation of the Gospel Kerygma

According to the General Directory of Catechesis (n. 102), the catechist must explain the following six basic aspects of the Gospel kerygma:

1. Jesus reveals that God is not a distant inaccessible Being, but a Father who is present among his creatures and whose power is his love.

2. Jesus reveals that God, with the coming of his Kingdom offers the gift of integral salvation, frees us from sin, brings us to communion with the Father, grants us divine sonship, and in conquering death, promises us eternal life. This salvation begins here on earth but is only fully consummated in heaven.

3. Jesus announces the justice of God through his Kingdom. God is a just judge and human beings have personal and social responsibility for their moral lives. Jesus proclaims God’s judgment which in turn has the power to form consciences.

4. Jesus declares that the Kingdom of God is inaugurated in him, in his very Person. Jesus acts to bring all things under the Reign of God. This Kingdom is mysteriously present now, but will be fully manifest when Christ comes in glory.

5. Jesus declares that the Church, the community of Christ’s disciples, is the Kingdom of God on earth.

6. Jesus manifests that the history of humanity is not journeying towards nothingness, but, with its aspects of both grace and sin, is in him taken up by God and transformed.