Will You Echo His Name?
So What is Catechesis you may ask?
The word catechesis, in Greek—katékhéo—comes from the two words kata-ekheo. But kata-ekheo means to “echo down” or, you might say, to “echo precisely.” St. Paul and St. Luke used this word (see, e.g., Lk 1:4 and 1 Cor 14:19) to explain what we are doing when we teach the Christian faith. They are telling us that a catechist and his teaching are supposed to be an echo, a precise echo, of what has been given for instruction.
But if I am just an echo, then that means the original voice is someone else’s. The Kerygma, the good news of the Lord, is supposed to resound as we hand down our faith.
Why and Where do we echo His Name?
"The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him.
What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? "
Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Feancis
“Walk with me” hopes to highlight the role of catechist as “accompanier...and a traveling companion with patience and a sense of gradualness” (DFC 113). It hopes to inspire a generation of catechists to journey with their candidates and help them to “mature in the Christian life and journey toward God” (DFC 113 cont’d)
We all are called to walk with Him to echo His name and hand down the faith. We are gifted with the chance to share Jesus with someone else. It is part of what being a disciple of Christ is. It is from this same depth of love that the call to echo His name in your parish stems from.
Walk with Him. Echo His Name.
Would you WALK with Him to Echo His Name to the future generations
of young Catholics in your parish today?