THE CHURCH. “Church ”: a language lesson. Kyriake (Greek): belonging to the Lord Ekklesia (Greek) :“those called out,” a convocation or assembly Secular: legislative assembly NT: community called out of the world to live differently We are summoned to: Be different (holy!)
liturgy – “the work of the people”
Ex: St. Michael’s, Our Lady of Lourdes
catholic: Greek for universal
Catholic: Proper noun referring to Roman Catholic Church
Sheepfold -“The flock of which God himself foretold that he would be the shepherd…” (CCC 754).
Cultivated field – “That land like a choice vineyard has been planted by the heavenly cultivator” (CCC 755)
Ex: church as servant, bride of Christ
“The Church’s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God” (CCC 775).
Goal: unite all things – human and divine realities in Him.
“The Church is the visible plan of God’s love for humanity because God desires that the whole human may become one People of God, form one Body of Christ, and be built up into one temple of the Holy Spirit.” (Lumen Gentium)
Physical (visible): structures, governance, and people exist within the world as a part of the Church.
Spiritual(invisible): Mystical Body of Christ; Church in heaven.
*We are a Pilgrim Church, “We are made of the world but not of the world.” (John 15:19)
-Complex reality of the visible and invisible church
From the beginning of time into eternity!
God created the world to enjoy communion with Him.
Convocation of men with Christ convocation is the Church
The Church, at the end of time, will be perfected in Glory within heaven (eternal).
Visible Church: 33 A.D. – present
Invisible Church: ∞
Theological ideal vs. Reality within history