BODY & BLOOD
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ
June 22, 2017 RCIA Session
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
"Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf."
cf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
SCHEDULE: Newcomers Welcome every Thursday!
- RCIA Sessions will be every Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm, through June 29. Newcomers are welcome any time, all the time!! For the sessions, enter through Door 1 of the School - the Rotunda Door. The Sessions will be in the Holy Family Room each Thursday.
- There will be no Thursday RCIA Sessions in July or the first two weeks of August, but please contact Anne Corcoran or Daniel Neri to get started in RCIA.
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Knowing LOVE
- Call to mind some of the most powerful moments of LOVE that you have known. Sit in silence, just "holding" those moments in your heart.
- Then reflect, asking yourself these questions: "What is love? What does love look like? How do I know love? How do I know God loves me? How do I want to be loving; what price will I pay to be loving, in the image of God who is LOVE?
- Read Chapter 10 and Chapter 17 of the USCCA
REFLECTION: COMMUNION, HUMAN or DIVINE?
Last week in RCIA we reflected on the "mystery" of the Most Holy Trinity. This mystery is the most essential element of our faith. We believe that God is ALL LOVE -- that God's very essence is love -- that God "himself" is a COMMUNION of PERSONS - distinct persons so bound by LOVE that they are truly and only ONE.
As we reflected on the Mystery of God, we reflected also on how we are made in God's image. We, too, are called to live as a COMMUNION, both here on earth and more fully in eternity. This unity in our diversity is not humanly possible: this is an essential and often overlooked part of our belief; we cannot achieve unity by our own power. It is only by the loving power of God, who is LOVE itself, who first loves us and makes us and saves us, living within us -- only by this power are we able to know love and extend love to our brothers and sisters.
“What is God’s plan? It is to make of us all a single family of his children, in which each person feels that God is close and feels loved by him; as in the Gospel parable [of the prodigal son], feels the warmth of being God’s family. The Church is rooted in this great plan. She is not an organization established by an agreement between a few people, but – as Pope Benedict XVI has so often reminded us – she is a work of God, born precisely from this loving design which is gradually brought about in history. The Church is born from God’s wish to call all people to communion with him, to friendship with him; indeed, to share in his own divine life as his sons and daughters. The very word ‘church,’ from the Greek ekklesia, means ‘convocation’: God convokes us, he impels us to come out of our individualism, from our tendency to close ourselves into ourselves, and he calls us to belong to his family.”
-POPE FRANCIS, GENERAL AUDIENCE, Saint Peter's Square
"Be what you see; receive what you are. ...In the visible object of bread, many grains are gathered into one just as the faithful (so Scripture says) form "a single heart and mind in God" [Acts 4.32]. And thus it is with the wine. ...This is the image chosen by Christ our Lord to show how, at his own table, the mystery of our unity and peace is solemnly consecrated. All who fail to keep the bond of peace after entering this mystery receive not a sacrament that benefits them, but an indictment that condemns them.
"So let us give God our sincere and deepest gratitude, and, as far as human weakness will permit, let us turn to the Lord with pure hearts. With all our strength, let us seek God's singular mercy, for then the Divine Goodness will surely hear our prayers. God's power will drive the Evil One from our acts and thoughts; it will deepen our faith, govern our minds, grant us holy thoughts, and lead us, finally, to share the divine happiness through God's own son Jesus Christ. Amen!"
-St. Augustine, Sermon 272 on the Eucharist