(00:11) Edmund Mitchell and Emily Mentock welcome you to this episode of the Real + True podcast. This episode brings to life Unit 7, which covers CCC 422-682 and its thesis is: Jesus Christ is true God and true man. The three videos for this unit are: Proclamation: Was Jesus a real person (or really God)? Explanation: Why did God become man? Connection: What does it mean to have a relationship with God?
(3:00) Emily addresses a strategy change for this unit. This includes a shift from the usual focus of the first video in the unit. The proclamation is typically less religious and focuses on creating common ground with the audience, and drawing from their own life experiences. Because Jesus is the focus of this unit, the first unit includes a discussion about Jesus. The focus is on Jesus as a historical figure, and not so much as a religious leader.
(5:54) Edmund reminds us that “All of Catechesis directs itself back to Jesus Christ.” CCC 426 “At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus “ Every doctrine is related to Jesus. Catechesis is not about learning facts or truths but is about encountering the person of Jesus.
(8:22) The almost-interview: Edmund shares a story of his friend JP meeting Gordon Ramsey. The story illustrates the point that we can know a lot about someone but encountering someone person-to-person is a very different thing. A personal relationship is built when we encounter someone personally. Edmund mentions Walker Percy’s The Loss of the Creature.
(14:00) Stand out Catechism paragraph: Edmund’s standout section is CCC 460: “The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”: “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” This caught his because it illustrates how radical it is that God calls us to share in the divine life of God.” Emily’s standout passage is CCC 561: “The whole of Christ’s life was a continual teaching: his silences, his miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his love for people, his special affection for the little and the poor, his acceptance of the total sacrifice on the Cross for the redemption of the world, and his Resurrection are the actualization of his word and the fulfillment of Revelation”. This statement was powerful to Emily because it displays God’s model for how we can live in relation to others.
(20:12) Shout out to a listener: Roy Sibaja!
(24:02) The Unit 7 Explanation video explores the mystery of “why did God become man?” Emily and Edmund share about their childhood images of what God looks like. And how the focus of the video brings to light the reasons God became man: love, reconciliation, holiness, and the divine life. Barbara Morgan, the founder of the Catechetics department at the Franciscan University of Steubenville would say, “These four paragraphs are worth the whole Catechism.”
(24:48) Connection Video: What does it mean to have a relationship with God? This video is a fun and dynamic video which asks questions that prompt the watchers to encounter the truth of who Jesus is. “That’s what all of it is about.” Edmund shares about how his experience in college of friends who talked about Jesus in a personal way helped Edmund re-evaluate how he was relating to Jesus. “Rules without relationship lead to rebellion.”
(36:26) Real + True Discussion Guides are now available for all units. They can be found on realtrue.org under Guides. They will help you unpack the videos and lead your discussion surrounding the Catechism.