Word Of the Week (WOtW)
With over 2000 years of Church teaching, and thousands of years of Scriptural history, there is so much to learn! Each week we will have a new "Word Of the Week" (WOtW) to help us learn about our faith and amaze our family and friends! If you have a word you'd like shared, let us know!
TRANSFIGURATION—A change of form or shape or figure, i.e. outward appearances. Jesus was transfigured on Mount Tabor in front of Peter, James, and John (cf. Mk 9:2-13), where his outward appearance changed to show his glory. It is important to remember that his inner person did not change. He was the only begotten son of God before the Transfiguration and after; it was only his outward appearance that changed.
TRANSUBSTANTIATION—A change of substance, i.e., what something truly is. This is used to describe how the substance of the bread and wine change to become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist (cf. CCC 1413). The outward appearance does not change, meaning it still looks like bread and wine. But the substance of what it is has changed; it has become for us the real presence of our Lord.
METANOIA—Greek word often associated with conversion or repentance. A fuller sense is to “go beyond the mind that you have” or said more simply, “change your mind”. When a person hears the Gospel and “changes their mind” by responding to the Gospel, they have experienced metanoia or conversion.
EUANGELION—Greek word literally meaning “Good News” or "Good Announcement". In its original usage, it was not limited to the “Good News” or Gospel of Jesus Christ, but was any good news that was to be proclaimed to the people. It is from this word that we get the word evangelization, or proclaiming/sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
KERYGMA—Greek word meaning “proclamation” or "preaching". It is used to describe the most basic proclamation of the Christian faith, such as:
• God loves you and has a plan for your life.
• Sin separates us from God.
• Jesus Christ died to save you.
• Repent and believe the Gospel, the "good news" or "euangelion"
• Be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit.
• Live in Christ, through his body, the Church.
• Go forth and make disciples.
HOMOOUSIOS—Greek word meaning “same substance". This word was decided upon in the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD as best representing the divinity of Jesus in relation to the Father. We translate this word in English in the Nicene Creed when we say that Jesus is “consubstantial with the Father”, meaning that Jesus, as the Son, shares the same (homo) substance (ousia) as God the Father. We affirm the same about the Holy Spirit, so that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit all share the same “substance”, meaning that they are 3 persons, but 1 God. The 3 persons of the Holy Trinity are of the same substance! (