SALT & LIGHT: Discernment
5th Week in Ordinary Time
February 9, 2017 RCIA Session
Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
"Thus says the Lord: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn...then the light shall arise for you in the darkness, and the gloom will become for you like midday." cf. Isaiah 58:7-10
"I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of Spirit and power, so that your faith might rest on human wisdom but on the power of God." cf. 1 Cor 2:1-5
"It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. ...Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." cf. Mt 5:13-16
- Last week in RCIA we learned about the Season of Lent.
- This week in RCIA all adults and youth in RCIA are asked to reflect on what the Holy Spirit has done in their lives since starting in RCIA -- and then to "discern" their readiness for the sacraments. Parents are asked to have some conversations with their youth about this.
- All RCIA Sessions this week will focus on each person discerning "readiness" for the sacraments.
- As Lent approaches we now begin to discern our "readiness" for the sacraments. No matter your age, two questions stand out as important questions to begin asking of yourself now:
- Do I feel attracted to life in Jesus? Do I want to be like Him, follow Him? Would I like a relationship with God?
- Am I growing in the discipline it requires to follow Jesus, especially the discipline of Sunday Mass, daily prayer, forgiveness and a love for others that is becoming more sacrificial, more outreaching?
- Adults, consider the questions in your Discernment booklet: be ready to share with your Sponsor this week about what God has done in you since starting in RCIA (small things) -- and to share your reflections about receiving Sacraments in the Catholic Church.
REFLECTIONS: Lent and God's Call of Love and Mercy
"God has a special love for every human person and a special plan for each of us. Often enough, God's plan is not what we would expect. ...Why do so many of us tend to brush aside God's plan for us in our lives?" p. 63 USCCA
Lent is a time of purification and enlightenment: a time to strip away anything that distracts us from the love of God and His movement in our lives. Listening to God from an adoring heart, listening and caring for others from a heart filled by God's love for us, sacrificing our own "wants" and "desires" so that only God's desire for us is left...this is the discipline of Lent, a discipline that allows our soul to be filled with joy.
This week, begin to consider how God is calling you to spend your Lent. What discipline will you and/or your family adopt for Lent? How is God blessing you and calling you forward? Get the wisdom of your children or trusted friends, your RCIA Sponsors or Godparents. Do not let your Lenten observance be complicated, but consider seriously how you want to continue to allow God into your life.
How am I sharing my bread with the hungry, my home with the displaced? When do I speak for those who have no voice? How do I want to share God's love with others?