COVENANT: OPENING NIGHT for FAMILIES
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
RCIA Session, September 6
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5
James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
"Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations..." -cf. Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
He responded, "Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts. You disregard God's commandment but cling to human tradition." -cf. Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
CALENDAR: WELCOME to OUR NEWEST INQUIRERS and FAMILIES!
- Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm, Cafeteria: Whole families gather to begin the FAMILY RCIA
- Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm, Holy Family Room: RCIA Adult Session in English
- Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm, St. Augustine Room: RCIA Adult Session in Spanish
- Sunday, September 2, 10:00 am, St. Augustine Room: RCIA Adult Session in Spanish
- Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm: Youth go directly to their RCIA Room - Parents go to Cafeteria or Holy Family Room - Adults continue in Holy Family & St. Augustine Rooms
GOALS THIS WEEK: Love God with all Your Heart, Your Mind, Your Strength
- To welcome the FAMILIES beginning in RCIA - in Cafeteria together to start the night
- For ADULT GROUPS: to explore the FIRST THREE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS - Chapters 25-27
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Choose One and "JUST DO IT!"
- Look up Deuteronomy 6:4-9 in the Bible. Copy this short passage as beautifully as you can. Post it on your mirror or refrigerator so you can see it often. Pull it out once a day and take 5 minutes of silence just to pray with this passage? What does it mean to you?
- OR, look up these passages about REVERENCE in your Catechism: pages 295, 353-354, 356. Every day, intentionally make "one act of REVERENCE" toward God and one other act of REVERENCE to a member of your family or someone at school/work. As a family, find a place to make a "prayer shelf" or a "prayer table" where you can pray together. Put your Bible there and "enthrone" it with REVERENCE - making the space beautiful,simple, holy.
FOR REFLECTION: What is the relationship between FOLLOWING "the LAW" and LOVING GOD with all your mind, heart & strength?
In today's Gospel the keepers of "the LAW," that is of the 613 Jewish Laws from the Torah (first five books of the Bible), take issue with the fact that Jesus and his disciples are seen to eat without washing their hands as prescribed in the Law. Jesus responds curtly that what is around is not what defiles us - it is those things inside of us, in our hearts and minds, that defile us. Contrast this with the first reading today, the giving of the Ten Commandments, and the injunction to keep them faithfully. What is Jesus asking of us? Is the Old Law not important?
What are we to feel about the "Law" and the Ten Commandments? Are they restrictions to our freedom, constraints that confine us? Is there a way to live the commandments that is both faithful and free? What is the freedom that the Commandments promise? How is this different from the way many of the "keepers of the Law" practiced the laws in the time of Jesus?
What is the important message of the first three commandments? What is the one thing you want to remember from this week's RCIA Session?