GREAT IS YOUR FAITH: the Mystery of Prayer
20th Week in Ordinary Time
August 24 RCIA Session in Holy Family Room
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Psalm 67:2-3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
"The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, ministering to him, loving the name of the Lord, becoming his servants...them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer..." -cf. Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
"For God delivered all to disobedience that he might have mercy upon all." -cf. Romans 11:13-32
"Then Jesus said to her in reply, 'O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.' And the woman's daughter was healed from that hour." -cf. Matthew 15:21-28
SCHEDULE: Youth and Children begin in RCIA with their Parents on September 7
- Adults who wish to know about Catholic faith - or who wish to complete their sacraments of initiation - meet every Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm
- Children/youth who need baptism or the sacraments of initiation will begin with their parents on Thursday, Sept 7 and also meet 7:00-9:00 pm
- Spanish-speaking adults meet in St. Augustine Room, Spanish-speaking parents will be gathering in the Cafeteria
- Adults or parents who speak English or any other language will meet in Holy Family Room
PRACTICE THE FAITH: The "OBEDIENCE" of Faith
- Read Chapter 4 and Chapter 35 of the USCCA
- What concrete actions are present in the life of every person who loves and follows God? If we do not do these things, can we call ourselves "believers" - men and women of faith? What is the difference between a good person and a person of faith?
- How would you like to pray this week? Every day this coming week, put your needs before God - then listen for what he says to you.
REFLECTION: TRUST, OBEDIENCE, HUMILITY - the foundations
Believing in God requires an unique trust - the kind of trust that the Canaanite woman showed in today's gospel. Jesus hardly seemed to care, yet she persevered and seemed to know her need was worthy of God's attention. She was rewarded for her faith - her daughter was healed. In those moments - when she approached Jesus as a beggar and outcast, was rejected and even fairly harshly rejected, but stayed before Jesus anyway, and finally received her reward -- what might have been the feelings of the Canaanite woman? What were her actions? How would you have felt in a situation like that? What would you have done?
This week in RCIA we want to reflect about the concrete changes that FAITH makes in our lives.
We cannot live in faith if we are not willing to trust in God when trust seems ridiculous. If we love God, we come to realize our greatest happiness will be in doing his will - and because of trust we will obey, even blindly obey, because we know that God sees more than we see. Humility is realizing that we are only the creature -- it is the supreme virtue of the Canaanite woman who persevered despite the outright nasty rejection she seemed to receive: at times the spiritual life is very rewarding, but other times it will make no sense to us at all. Humility means that we will trust and obey when we cannot know for ourselves what God has in store, with the firm conviction that God will give us what makes us happiest even when it seems contrary to everything we desire for ourselves.