“Contemporary humans have need of the Word, not words…”. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled several times that “the encounter with Scriptures is in danger of being not ‘a fact’ of the Church.”
Over the course of eight Main Course presentations, Unlocking the Mysteries presents the “big picture” of salvation history, frees us from the narrow limits of our contingency and opens us to a communion beyond time and reminds us that we are people of the Word.
session vii: MACCABEAN REVOLT; MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT, PART I
The rise of Greek influence threatens the identity of the Jewish people and eventually their lives. When the Temple is desecrated they revolt and enter a period of self-rule that ends after Rome rises to power. Jesus’ life is a recapitulation of the entire story of salvation. He leads humanity in a new Exodus and a new Return from Exile.