CALLED: Sacraments of Vocation
2nd Week in Ordinary Time
January 14 & 18 RCIA Sessions
1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
"When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, 'Samuel, Samuel!' ...Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect." -cf. 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
"I have waited, waited for the LORD, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry. ...Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me." -cf. Psalm 40:4-10
"Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him. Avoid immorality. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price." -cf. 1 Corinthians 6:13-20
"Come, and you will see." -cf. John 1:35-42
ROOM CHANGES CONTINUE!!
Because of a leak in St. Augustine Room...
- The English-speaking Thursday group will meet in the Upper Room again this week.
- The Spanish-speaking Thursday group will meet in the Holy Family Room.
- Sunday & Thursday, Jan 14 & 18, all RCIA groups meet as usual. The topic will be the sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony.
- Sunday, Jan 21 the topic will be the Seven Sacraments.
- Thursday, January 25 will be Small Groups exploring the topic of Vocation further.
- Thursday, February 1 will be discernment for the Sacraments and Orientation of Godparents in Spanish.
- Thursday, February 8 will be Orientation for Godparent in English.
- Thursday, February 22 will be a Movie Night at 7:00 pm for all RCIA groups.
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Listening & Following
- Spend some time with the first reading from this Sunday's readings. Often we think one has to be an adult to follow Jesus - or else we think that following Jesus has mostly to do with obeying his commands. But in the first reading we find a young boy who had been dedicated to the service of God even before his birth. His obedience is not compliance to a set of rules, but an ability to respond to the voice and the presence of God, and to "sleep in his place" which just happened to be right next to the Holy of Holies, the Ark of the Covenant.
- This week dream some dreams...what kind of things did God create you for? What about each of your children? Try listening for what God wants to tell you; often when we recognize God's tender voice calling to us, obedience and following come easily.
- How will you listen for God's voice this week?
CONNECTIONS: COME AND SEE!
If there were ever a single line from Scripture that sums up the RCIA process, it would be this one from Sunday's Gospel: "Come and see."
It is not by thinking about God or learning about God that we come to know God: there is no knowing God from books and lecture halls, any more than we can "know" our spouse by reading about him or her. The way to know God is to follow Him, to see where he "stays". That is why we have the long RCIA process, and that is why the process includes "practices" and "companions" (Sponsors): we try to build a time and space for persons to begin to "come to Church, so that they might know God."
For those called to the vocation of family life - at one level all of us, including children - the general vocation has become more and more clear: it is a vocation of love. Again, love cannot be learned from a book - it is a decision with such complexity that the only way to learn love is to be in love, to develop skills to be loving, to be loved. In this coming week, we will explore the sacraments of Holy Orders and Marriage, but especially the vocation of Marriage and Family Life. If you are single, do not think that you are left completely out of this vocation: your vocation, too, is a mission and task of loving and being loved.
One saintly example of listening to/being with God is Br. Lawrence, a Frenchman from the 1600's who is known for his small book, "The Practice of the Presence of God." You can read as much as you would like online for free. Perhaps this would be an encouraging source for you in your own practice of prayer and vocation this week.
Or read this by Pope Paul VI about the vocation of family, based on the family in which Jesus grew up. For a seemingly light-hearted, yet very important aspect of family life for those in the vocation of Marriage (but applicable to everyone), read this by Pope Francis.