2nd Sunday of Advent
RCIA SESSION, December 13
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” -cf. Luke 3:1-6
- Thursday, December 13: Usual Classes
- Thursday, December 20: Family Small Groups - Las Posadas
- Thursday, December 27: NO RCIA SESSIONS
- Thursday, January 3: NO RCIA SESSIONS - Evening of Reflection for all Shepherds, Sponsors, & Catechists
- Thursday, January 10: Usual Classes
GOALS THIS WEEK:
- To know the stories in the first two chapters of Luke's Gospel
- To reflect and pray about these stories
- To understand some basic teaching about Jesus from these stories - his divinity, his humanity, his role as Redeemer of the World
- Read Chapter 1 & 2 of the Gospel of Luke
- Set aside time each day in Advent to practice the qualities of STILLNESS, EMPTYING, ATTENTIVENESS-ALERTNESS, WAITING, HOPE
- Specifically this week, light your Advent candles and take 15 minutes of prayer near your Advent Wreath or Nativity scene every day
"When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman." - Galatians 4:4
In this Advent time we continue to reflect on and prepare for the three comings of Jesus:
- as a man born of a woman, at a specific time in history
- alive now and reigning, but no longer as a man living on earth - wanting us to allow him to reign in our lives
- in the time to come, at our death and at the end of all time when we and all the world are made new
Read the Gospel of Luke chapters 1 & 2 this week: put yourself in the place of the different characters...
- What must Zechariah have felt at the Annunciation of John? What about Elizabeth? What about the angel Gabriel?
- What might we have felt in the place of Gabriel, bringing the message to a teen-aged woman that the weight of the world now rests on her answer - and her shoulders?
- What did Mary feel, visited by an angel? What about when the angel left her?
- What about Mary and Elizabeth when Mary visits - when John leaps inside of Elizabeth? What about Zechariah and Elizabeth at the birth of John?
- What about the Shepherds - surrounded by angels - an incredible light in a very dark sky? What about when the Shepherds visit the Holy Family and find the "king" in a manger?
Everything in these stories is very human - and we should be able to wonder at all the hardship and irony in the stories. But everything in these stories is also Divine: an incredible plan of God is unfolding before us in these stories. Sometimes we see the Divine in these stories, but miss but miss the human side. That same Divine action we see in these holy stories is also present in us and our lives - something that is hard to believe. God is close even now, yet hidden in plain sight. While we will not be the Mother of God, but we are still called to allow Christ to live within us - to take him every where we go - to allow Him to work through the darkest nights of our lives and the lives of those around us.
How are our lives like those of these Holy People who are so important to our salvation? How are our lives different?
What does God have in mind for us now - how do we know?
What hardship are we willing to endure to welcome the great miracle of God's life within us? What will happen if we cannot welcome Christ within us?