BELIEVERS: Stewards of Faith
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
2nd Week of EASTER
RCIA Session, April 8 & 12
Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 John 5:1-6
“The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.” -cf. Acts 4:32-35
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst...he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them...” -cf. John 20:19-31
- Thursday RCIA Sessions continue weekly. Some of our RCIA Candidates continue to prepare for Confirmation, others have already received their sacraments and are now called "Neophytes": these final two months of RCIA sessions are important for everyone as the Neophytes and their families turn their attention to how they will continue to sustain and grow their faith for the rest of their lives.
- Thursday, April 12: focus on sustaining one's own newfound faith for the "long-haul" as "stewards of the faith"
- Thursday, April 19: focus on GOING OUT to others as "stewards of God's loving mercy"
- Thursday, April 26: focus on "offering of one's life to God" by learning the "little way" of Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church
- Thursday, May 3: focus on being stewards of the life of the Church, taking a "taste" of Small Christian Community prayer groups
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Divine Mercy
- This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday and the final day of the Octave of Easter. Besides celebrating Mass, consider praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Church this Sunday with other St. Monica Parishioners, 2:00-2:45 pm in Church. If you are not able to come to pray, consider praying the Chaplet in you own home as a way of thanking God for the great gift of Jesus in our lives.
REFLECTING TOGETHER THIS WEEK:
In the readings this Sunday, and every day throughout the Easter Season, we get a glimpse of how the earliest Christian communities lived their faith. What is remarkable in the description we hear of those early Christian communities in today's readings? Where, do you think, they got the "strength" that we constantly hear they possessed?
What did it take for Thomas "to believe" in today's Gospel? How would you define the word faith? How is faith defined in Hebrews 11:1? How is it defined and described in Chapter 4 of the United States Catholic catechism for Adults (USCCA), especially page 39? How is your own faith right now? How did this Easter change your faith, even if just a little?
What does a person "look like" if he or she truly believes in Jesus? Is there anyone whose faith is perfect? What did the early Christians do when they failed to believe?
How does a person continue to become more and more faithful throughout his or her life? What specific things will you KEEP in your life in order that you might come to know and follow Jesus more closely every day?