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POVERTY OF HEART: ADVENT & Making Room

Posted on Nov 09, 2018

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
RCIA SESSION, November 15, 2018

 

SUNDAY READINGS
1 Kings 17:10-16
Psalm 146:7, 8-9,9-10
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

She answered, "As the LORD, your God, lives, I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar and a little oil in my jug. Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks, to go in and prepare something for myself and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die." Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid.  Go and do as you propose.  But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.  Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.  For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,  'The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'"  -cf. 1 Kings 17:10-16

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,  "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues...."    Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.  For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood."   -cf. Mark 12:38-44

 

CALENDAR: Small Groups this Week! 

  • November 15:  SMALL GROUP NIGHT: also time to Sign-up and Practice for the Rite
  • November 22:  NO RCIA - Thanksgiving Day
  • November 29:  Session about Jesus as Word of the Father, Bible as Living Word

GOAL THIS WEEK:

  • To complete the discernment process in families or as adults with sponsors
  • To reflect on our call in terms of "poverty of heart"
  • To begin to understand the Season of Advent as a time to be AWAKE, with poor and open hearts full of room for Jesus Christ

 

 PRACTICE:

  • Consider writing Deuteronomy 6:4-10 on a scroll, rolling it up, and fastening it to your door or putting it in a place of importance or of prayer in your home
  • Read Chapter 34 of the USCCA - and then choose one way you can permanently be a little more poor so as to have more room for Jesus at the center of your life

FOR REFLECTION:  "For where your treasure is, there also will your life be."   -cf. Matthew 6:19-21

 

What makes your heart beat faster?  What occupies most of your attention, your affection?  Where is your hope - in a beautiful home, a loving family, in food or drink...?  What place does God have in your heart, and in your life - your time, your activity, your thoughts, your feelings?

This week we begin to reflect on Advent.  Advent is the time when Jesus is imminent.  This happened at a specific time in history, when Jesus took flesh inside of Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit.  It also is true in every moment of every day for us:  Jesus is close and thirsts for us to come to Him.  It is also our HOPE - that Jesus will soon come again and all heave and earth will be made new in Him, so that He is all in all.

Advent is about being AWAKE to these three comings of Christ - prepared, attentive, listening, open.  Advent is about emptying ourselves - our hearts but also our lives - so that we can welcome Jesus, the living God, our brother and our Savior, into our hearts and lives.  POVERTY of HEART and material poverty are connected.  Are our hearts "poor" - so that we have room only for God?

The Rite of Acceptance is our saying publicly that we want Jesus at the center of our lives - that we want to live in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Are you ready for this journey of faith?   

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