LOVE YOUR ENEMIES: Eucharist & Sacrificial Love

Posted on Feb 16, 2017

7th Week in Ordinary Time
February 23, 2017 RCIA Session


Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48


"You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart."  cf. Leviticus 19>1-2, 17-18

"Brothers and sisters:  Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"   cf. 1 Cor 3:16-23

"But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.  ...But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..." cf. Matthew 5:5:38-48


  • Last  week in RCIA we completed the time of discernment and did registration for the Lenten Rites and the Sacraments.  
  • This week in RCIA we begin to look at the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross as a New Covenant with us which we celebrate in every Eucharist.  We finish our Lenten plan becuase Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday, March 1.
  • See Chapter 8 & Chapter 17 of the USCCA.



  • March 2 -- Night for all Godparents to attend RCIA from 7:00-9:00 pm -- PRACTICE for Rite of Sending -- Godparents & Sponsors needed!
  • March 4 -- Rite of Sending to Election & Call to Continuing Conversion at the St. Monica 7:00 pm Mass in Spanish; arrive by 6:00 pm in Cafeteria -- Godparents & Sponsors needed!
  • March 5 -- Rite of Sending to Election & Call to Continuing Conversion at the St. Monica 10:00 am Mass in English; arrive by 9:15 am in Cafeteria -- Godparents & Sponsors needed!
  • April 2 -- Evening of Reflection for St. Monica RCIA Adults only (with sponsors), 4:00-8:00 pm at St. Monica -- bring food

PRACTICE: Offering Eucharist

  • Practice offering each Mass for a specific intention.  Be sure to go to Mass every week.  
  • Pray the Anima Christi Prayer, page 230 of the USCCA, or the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day this week; make your prayer at 3:00 pm each day, if possible.  Thank Jesus daily for who He is and what He does for us!



"Through participation in the Eucharist, we also participate in the Paschal Mystery of Christ, that is, in his dying and rising, which is made present for us in the Eucharistic sacrifice."  page 224 of USCCA

"The Body and Blood of Christ are given to us so that we ourselves will be transformed in our turn.  We are to become the Body of Christ, his own Flesh and Blood.  We all eat the one bread, and this means that we ourselves become one.  In this way, adoration, as we said earlier, becomes union.  god no longer simply stands before us as the One who is totally Other.  He is within us, and we are in him.  His dynamic enters into us and then seeks to spread outwards to others until it fills the world, so that his love can truly become the dominant measure of the world."         -Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Marienfeld, 20th World Youth Day, August 21, 2005



How might you participate more fully, more consciously, and more actively in the Sunday Mass?

In a culture that is centered on the "weekend," what can people do to observe Sunday as a day dedicated to God?

Learn the different parts of the Mass this week: how can you offer your own special prayers, mindfully, at different times in each Mass?   Look at your handout from the RCIA Session for help in this!


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