BODY & BLOOD: One in Christ
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
RCIA Session, June 7
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
"Take thought now, redeemed ones, and consider how great and worthy is he who hangs on the cross for you. His death brings the dead to life, but at his passing, heaven and earth are plunged into mourning and hard rocks are split asunder. ...The blood and water which poured out at that moment (from his side)were the price of our salvation. Flowing from the secret abyss of our Lord's heart as from a fountain, this stream gave the sacraments of the Church the power to confer grace, while for those already living in Christ it became a spring of living water welling up to life everlasting. ...Run, then, with eager desire to this source of light and life, all you who are vowed to God's service. Come, whoever you may be, and cry out to him with all the strength of your heart." -St. Bonaventure
"We will do everything that the Lord has told us." -cf. Exodus 24:3-8
"Do this in memory of me." -cf. Luke 22:19 & 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes." -1 Corinthians 11:26
GOALS THIS WEEK:
- To continue to grow in our response to Jesus, especially in the weekly celebration of the Eucharist, His own divine presence here
- To focus on practical matters and questions of candidates so that they can be prepared for an active life of discipleship in the Church: to this end, togive candidates a chance to spend a session with their sponsors, getting direct answers to their specific questions
- To utilize the list of goals, to help identify areas to talk about with their sponsors this week
THIS THURSDAY: Candidates' Questions
- This week's session will be focused almost solely conversations between sponsor and candidate using this list of the GOALS OF RCIA
PRACTICE THE FAITH:
- If you have not done so yet, decide when and where you can set aside 15 minutes every day for prayer. Try different "ways of prayer" until you find the ones that connect you with God and help you to hear his call, his love for you.
REFLECTION TOGETHER: What is faith worth to you?
All of us at some time or another will find ourselves "going through the motions" of faith - or perhaps even doubting the existence or the importance of God. But we also all have opportunities to know how close, and yet how big and powerful God is. To understand with wonder and awe how powerful God is, and yet how tenderly he gave his life for us, is the beginning of wisdom - the beginning of our turning toward God and wanting to be close to him, ONE with him. The Eucharist is our great moment of communion with God. Confession, too, opens our heart to receive Him.
What would you give for that moment of communion in the Eucharist? What do you want to bring to that moment, perhaps something different each time?
How will the love poured out on the cross change you this week? What would it take to allow God's love to flood your heart and soul? What does God ask of you?
Do you truly trust that God's will for you is what will make you happiest in this life, and in the life to come?