By Mary Sayad
As we continue with understanding the Bible, it is a good idea to save these lessons to your computer or print them for future reference. From here on, we will be focusing primarily with the New Testament.
Sometimes we will refer to the Old Testament when there are prophetic references of the coming of the saviour or when Christ refers to the scriptures.
The word gospel means good news. It refers to the first four books of the New Testament.
Canon or canonical is defined as the books of the Bible that are accepted by the Christian Church.
The New Testament can be separated into four parts:
The Gospel according to Matthew
The Gospel according to Mark
The Gospel according to Luke
The Gospel according to John
The gospels tell us about the events of Jesus' life and his ministry. Here we learn about Mary's Annunciation, Jesus' Nativity, his suffering, death also known as his Passion and his Resurrection.
The Synoptic Gospels are the three gospels which may be compared. Synoptic comes from the Greek meaning "things can be seen together". The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are the Synoptic Gospels because they share the same material.
Most of my research on this subject came directly from the Holy Bible and a Bible handbook. In addition the pastor of our parish, Fr. Sami Baroody will be reviewing my explanations for verification and accuracy and I thank him for his valued time. Our parish is St. Ann's Melkite Catholic Church.
Psalm 31:6 Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.
Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus
While before your face I humbly kneel;
And with a burning soul I pray and beseech you
To fix deep in my heart lively sentiments
Of faith, hope, and charity,
True contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose
I contemplate with great love and tender pity
Your five wounds, pondering upon them within me,
Calling to mind the words which David, your prophet,
Said of you, my Jesus,
"They have pierced my hands and my feet;
they have numbered all my bones."
Please remember our troops and their families in your daily prayers. We should also pray for our legislatures to pass laws edifying the glory of God. When our country acknowledges the embodiment of God's presence, God will continue to bless us with the favor of His graces. Thank you.
Your companion in prayer,