Lesson Title: "Stained Glass" Bulletin Board
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year A
ZEBULUN AND NAPTHALI
These were two of the original twelve tribes of Israel. Joshua had assigned them to the northern area of the country. Zebulun settled to the northwest of Galilee and Napthali in the northeast. Between 734 and 721 B.C. the area was conquered by the Assyrian empire (now, Iraq) and the people were taken away. They became known as part of the Lost Tribes of Israel. For the next several centuries the region was called "Heathen Galilee. The prophets considered the area to be a land of death. Isaiah predicts that light and peace will again come to the region. Matthew interprets it as a sign that the Messiah will come there. Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy.
I BELONG TO APOLLOS
Paul's success in winning converts in Corinth, Greece attracted considerable interest among other missionaries. One of these was an Egyptian Jew named Apollos. The latter knew only a limited amount about Christianity, having been a disciple of John the Baptist. In Ephesus Paul took him aside and explained the full range of Jesus' teachings. Apollos then went to Corinth and founded a second church. Peter also seems to have followed this pattern. Eventually there were four separate Christian communities in the city and a jealous struggle developed between them. Paul teaches that there should be only one church--that of Jesus Christ. It would be a universal or catholic church.
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