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anding on HJMesus’ essage“The Good News of Jesus Christ must be carried forth to every person and every nation so that it may penetrate the heart of every person and renew the human race.” National Directory for Catechesis #17A, page 46To proclaim Jesus Christ to all peoples is the Catholic Church’s mission. To proclaim is to evangelize.Jesus is the message for those first hearing the Gospel—the work of evangelization. Jesusis the message for those growing up believing in his name in Christian families and parishes—the ministry of catechesis.“Jesus Christ is the energizing center of evangelization and the heart of catechesis,” states the National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) in the United States. (NDC #1, page 4)Through evangelization and catechesis, the Church hands on from generation to generation its faith in Jesus, Israel’s messiah and God’s incarnate Son.To catechize means to instruct. Literally, the word catechesis means to echo, to teach face to face orally Jesus’ story preserved in scripture and the Church’s tradition. Jesus’ Gospel is for all ages—for people in every century in history and people in every decade of their lives.Jesus’ story Is the heart of every Pflaum GosPel Weeklies LessonsJesus’ story forms the heart of every issue of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, a catechetical program for children that builds its lessons around theSunday Gospels of the Church year. The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies follow the Church’s lectionary, which organizes the four Gospels into three cycles for proclamation at Sunday Eucharist.Jesus Is the Messenger Who has BecoMe the MessageIn the Catechism of the Catholic Church Pope John Paul II explains, “The name catechesis was given to the totality of the Church’s efforts to make disciples, to help people believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ” (CCC #4).Jesus is central in handing on our faith. He is the messenger who has become the message. As John Paul II writes, “At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, ‘the only Son from the Father. . . full of grace and truth’” (On Catechesis in Our Time, #5).Catechesis that centers on Jesus Christ immediately finds at the heart of his life communion with Father and Holy Spirit. This is the mystery Christians name Trinity, the mystery of Three Persons in One Love that is at the heart of the universe. Anointed by the Holy Spirit at his baptism, Jesus orients his life constantly toward the Father (NDC #25B, page 77).All creation, its evolving life from beginning to end, reveals God’s lavish love. Israel’s history reveals God’s faithfulness to forming a people as6

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