School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Charles A. Bobertz

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The locus of encounter with Christ is the community at prayer and the Word
embodied within that community. The promulgation of the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults could arguably be seen then as a turning point moment for the Church as it ritualized its move into the postmodern age. It is postmodern not because it relativizes or waters down faith as some might argue but because it acknowledges the relational dialogic quality of the perception and interpretation of symbol. This paper examines three pericopes from John’s Gospel that are integral to the catechumenate and explores the image of Jesus in these pericopes as “Question” who engages the Church in a mystagogy of faith.

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