Kerygma. I am sure there is at least one reader who has NO idea what this is. I had no idea what this was until just last year. How does that happen? RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults) or how I came into the faith, provides you with a wonderful overview and hits all of the important points (there’s that Sacrament word again), but its up to you, the pilgrim, to continue learning.
I won’t judge you if you haven’t read yesterday’s post on judgement.
What is it?
Kerygma, pronounced \kə-ˈrig-mə\ is the Greek word used in the New Testament for the initial and essential proclamation of the the Gospel. That’s it.
Why did I choose to share this particular “K” with you?
Surprisingly, not many Catholics have ever heard of the Kerygma or know what it means, when they do! I was. Last May, when I started this blog, I responded to a series called Lawn Chair Catechism, where we delved into Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherri Weddell where an entire chapter was devoted to the Kerygma. A key takeaway for me:
“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ” (Romans 10: 17), where by “preaching” the same thing is understood, that is, the “gospel” or kerygma.
For more resources, please read the Lawn Chair Catechism Series hosted by CatholicMom I responded to.
Sherri Weddell also has a Facebook Group just for this book and it’s quite lively. Forming intentional disciples isn’t a one and done process!
Come back tomorrow for to read all about my Catholic take on the letter L. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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