I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ORPHANS
6th Sunday in Easter
May 25, 2017 RCIA Session
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
1 Peter 3:15-18
"If you love me you will keep my commandments. ...I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you." -cf. John 14:15-21
- CONFESSION TIME: For all those preparing to celebrate Confirmation on June 4, we will have Confession times on May 25 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
- May 25 -- FIESTA, 7:00-8:30 pm; All RCIA Inquirers and Families gather in the Cafeteria together
- June 1 -- Special Session for RCIA Confirmation Candidates and their Sponsors, 7:00-8:30 pm
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Celebration of New Life
- Be sure that you have completed making a "rule of life" -- a plan for living a new LIFE in Christ: be sure your plan is worked into your calendar and that you have continued or begun this new PRACTICE of FAITH for yourself and/or your family!
REFLECTION: An Entirely New Kind of Life!
"After Christ had completed his mission on earth, it still remained necessary for us to become sharers in the divine nature of the Word. We had to give up our own life and be so transformed that we would begin to live an entirely new kind of life that would be pleasing to God. This was something we could do only by sharing in the Holy Spirit.
It was most fitting that the sending of the Spirit and his descent upon us should take place after the departure of Christ our Savior. As long as Christ was with them in the flesh, it must have seemed to believers that they possessed every blessing in him; but when the time came for him to ascend to his heavenly Father, it was necessary for him to be united through his Spirit to those who worshipped him, and to dwell in our hearts through faith. Only by his own presence within us in this way could he give us confidence to cry out, Abba, Father, make it easy for us to grow in holiness and, through our possession of the all-powerful Spirit, fortify us invincibly against the wiles of the devil and the assaults of men."
-a commentary on the Gospel of John by St. Cyril of Alexandria, from the Office of Readings, Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter