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Inculturation Commission

DIOCESAN COMMISSIONS

Inculturation is primarily a  dynamic relationship between  the local Church and the culture of its own people.The challenge of inculturation in Africa consists in ensuring that African Christians assimilate the Gospel message, while remaining faithful to all authentic African values. The approach of Jesus to the culture of his people should be our yardstick and source of inspiration. Jesus was born and grew up a Jew. As a faithful Jew he went to the Synagogue on the Sabbath (Mk 1:21, 6:2; Lk 46:16, 13:10). He was among the pilgrims to Jerusalem (Lk 2:41; Jn 2:13; Mk 11:1). He was a teacher in the Synagogue like every rabbi (Mk1:29; Jn6:59,7:14). He celebrated the Paschal Meal in the traditional Jewish way with his disciples (Mk 14:12ff; Lk 22:15), spoke without disapproval of the temple sacrifices (Mtt. 5:23) and other pious practices (Mtt.6:1-18) which in themselves were valuable. Jesus paid his temple dues (Mtt. 17:24).

 
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