BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
RCIA Session, September 13
Psalm 146:7, 8-9,9-10
"Thus says the LORD: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God. ...Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water." -cf. Isaiah 35:4-7a
"And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly." -cf. Mark 7:31-37
- Sunday, September 9 - Adult Spanish RCIA Session, 10 am to 12 noon in St. Augustine: Rite of Acceptance at 12:30 pm Mass
- Thursday, September 13 - Parents take RCIA youth directly to classrooms at 7:00 pm; parents meet in Cafeteria or Holy Family
- Thursday, September 13 - Adults for sacraments meet in Holy Family (English) and St. Augustine Rooms (Spanish)
- Thursday, September 20 - usual RCIA Sessions
- Thursday, September 27 - Prayer Fair for all RCIA Candidates - no youth classes this 4th Thursday night - ALL start together in Church with Fr. Todd Goodson
GOALS THIS WEEK:
For ADULT Inquirers and Candidates: COMMANDMENTS 4- 10, Chapter 25-34 of the USCCA
- To know the fuller meaning of each of the Commandments, 4-10, Chapters 28-34
- To recognize grace, the work of the Holy Spirit, in our own lives
- To recognize our need for a Savior
- To understand the Bible (Chapter 3 of the USCCA)
- Old Testament & New Testament
- How to find book, chapter and verse
- How to use footnotes and cross references
- As the account of God's love for us - Salvation History: the senses of Scripture
- To know that "Gospel" means "Good News"
- To introduce the concept of "Salvation History" (Chapter 1 & 2 of the USCCA)
- To know that Jesus is the long-awaited Savior, the One who was to come - and that "Jesus" means "God saves"
- To recognize our own personal need to be saved
PRACTICE THE FAITH:
- Begin the practice of reviewing your day each evening before bed. Where did you see God at work in your day? Where did you fall short in loving God or others? Memorize the Ten Commandments and use them to help you review your day? This week, ask yourself especially WHAT takes the place of God in your heart - then begin the work of giving that place back to God.
- Find a copy of the movie "Prince of Egypt" and watch it as a family.
FOR REFLECTION: How does Jesus fulfill the Old Testament? What does He want to do for us?
In today's Gospel, Jesus heals the deaf man with a speech impediment. Immediately the man can hear and speak plainly.
What does the first reading, from the prophet Isaiah, say about the time when "God comes"? How does Jesus fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah in this Gospel?
What is "Salvation History"? What is our best response to the loving work of God? What is our typical, daily response?
Most importantly, what does Jesus want to do for us?