DISCERNMENT: For the Rite of Acceptance

Posted on Nov 02, 2018

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
RCIA SESSION, November 4, 2018


Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 12:28b-34

The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher.  You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.'  And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.  -cf. Mark 12:28-34


CALENDAR:  Mass at 6:00 pm Thursday, November 1!

  • November 8: Discernment Night for Rite of Acceptance and Welcome - ALL MUST ATTEND RCIA 
  • November 15:  Sign-up and Practice for the Rite
  • November 22:  NO RCIA - Thanksgiving Day


  • To begin preparing for the first major "Rite" of the RCIA:  the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens or the Rite of Welcoming Baptized but Previously Uncatechized Adults
  • To reflect on our lives and especially our time in RCIA, with the help of a Sponsor or Parent, in the light of this week's Gospel and First Reading



  • This week use the Discernment Booklet to reflect on your own "readiness" for the Rite of Acceptance or the Rite of Welcome.  If you do not understand what these Rites are or what they mean, ask your RCIA Sponsor or Shepherd about them.
  • Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9:  As we prepare to state publicly for the first time our desire to follow Jesus in the Catholic Church - in the Rite of Acceptance on November 17 or 18 - meditate on these words about loving God above all else.  How loving is your heart?  Do an inventory of your heart - what things occupy the space in your heart?  Your time?   Your attention?   You affection?
  • Write Deuteronomy 6:4-9 on a paper, roll it up, tie it with a string, hang it on your doorknob.  Once a day for a week, unroll it, read it, and ask yourself what things occupy your heart, your mind, your time, your work.

FOR REFLECTION:  "Make the mind of Christ your own"  

This week we hear AGAIN the words about loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, being - with all our affections, all our work, all our thoughts and plans.  In the same way, we are to love our neighbor as God has loved us.

Perhaps our first recollection should be God's love for us.  There is no need to dwell on how we fall short - simply to be aware of who we are and where God is calling us to go.  In the gap between who we are now and who we are made to be is the place of realizing just how much God loves us.

This week, follow the time of discernment with attention and care.  Listen to your RCIA Sponsor or RCIA Shepherds.  Are you willing to state publicly that you want to follow Jesus, in love for God and neighbor, even at the cost of self-renunciation?  This is at the heart of what we wish to ponder this week in RCIA.

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