July 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve been attending the Great Adventure Bible Timeline sessions (developed by Jeff Cavins) at my parish. This involves reading the assigned bible reading and answering some workbook questions.

Now, I never knew homework could be fun. I never knew reading the bible and thinking about what it means can be so satisfying 🙂

If you’re catholic/christian, you may want to try out this question pertaining to the story about Noah and the ark:

The Church has long seen that God’s actions in the Old Testament prefigure what He one day will do through His son, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament figures are called “types” of the New. Think for a moment about the ark: A great vessel rides above the deathly waves of a flood and carries the righteous to safety. Can you think of a New Testament parallel, of whihch the ark is a type? What do the ark and the flood signify?

For the answer,  we read 1 Peter 3:18-22 along with Catechism of the Catholic Church Nos. 845 and 1219. For convenience’s sake, I shall paste the relevant extra reading from the Catechism here:

845 To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.334

1219 The Church has seen in Noah’s ark a prefiguring of salvation by Baptism, for by it “a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water”:14

The waters of the great flood
you made a sign of the waters of Baptism,
that make an end of sin and a new beginning of goodness.15

As I sat in Church today, I thought of how I was safe in the Ark with God’s sons and daughters 🙂


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