12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
RCIA Session, June 28
BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
Luke 1:57-66, 80
"The LORD called me from birth, from my mother's womb he gave me my name. ...I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." -cf. Isaiah 49:1-6
"...of him God testified, I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish." -cf. Acts 13:22-26
"All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, 'What, then, will this child be?' For surely the hand of the Lord was with him." -cf. Luke 1:57-66
GOALS THIS WEEK: VOCATION
- This week the goal will be to give each candidate a good hour or so with their own sponsor
- With John the Baptist as a model, the work of the sponsor and candidate is to begin to identify special gifts/charisms of the candidate and consider what might be their unique CALL or VOCATION
REFLECTING TOGETHER: Not Just for Kids
"And you, my child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins." -Luke 1:76-77
Read this commentary about the VOCATION of John the Baptist. Do you believe that every child is called into being to carry out some great work of testimony to Jesus? If so, you will understand the importance of helping every child, every teen, every young adult discover and live the life God has called them to live. But this CALLING is not a stagnant thing that we can know once and for all. While we may discover the lifestyle to which we are called (marriage, family, Holy Orders, Religious Life, committed single life...) or a specific work to which we are called (medicine, teaching, care for the poor, care for mentally ill...) there is also a call to live each day in a specific way. One call leads to another - and what we were created to be unfolds over an entire lifetime as a mystery that is never exhausted.
How do I know what God created me to be? Who have I been called to serve? What faults and limits have I been given as a part of me? What strengths and gifts have I been given? How can I share both my strengths and my limitations in such a way that God may be known, loved, and honored by all who know me?
How does God love me? How do I love myself? Does this make me more able or less able to love others?