THE DEMONS KNOW
4th Week in Ordinary Time
January 28 & February 1 RCIA Sessions
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
"What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!" -cf. Mark 1:21-28
- This Thursday all Godparents for the youth in RCIA whose families speak SPANISH are required to come to the Session in the Cafeteria, from 7:00-9:00 pm.
- A week from this Thursday, on February 8, the Godparents of all the youth in RCIA whose families speak ENGLISH are required to come to the session in Holy Family Room at 7:00 pm.
- This week we will give information about the Rite of Election at the Cathedral on February 18 to everyone in RCIA.
- This week all groups of the RCIA will be doing a "discernment": that is, they will begin looking at their lives and their desires, and at their relationship with God, trying to honestly understand what is in their hearts and where they need to continue to grow. They will not know everything there is to know about Catholic teaching. What they will be trying to discern is how their relationship with God is growing and whether or not they are moving in the path of holiness and fidelity to God's will. They will also want to discern if they have enough knowledge to be able to take their place in the Catholic Church, wherever they may go.
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Discerning
- Discernment requires silent times of stillness, and some reflection. This week it is important that every Candidate, Catechumen, Sponsor and Shepherd take some quiet time to pray, especially a prayer of listening for what God wants them to know as they prepare themselves and their candidates for the Sacraments at Easter.
- Last week, and for the next two weeks, everyone in RCIA will be doing this Discernment and some planning of Lenten disciplines. For these three weeks the focus is on listening. For Lent, the focus will be on continuing to listen, but also on practicing the virtues that God most needs us to practice right now. This might be a little different for each person.
CONNECTIONS: "You are the Holy One of God!"
In this Sunday's Gospel it is the demon who recognizes Jesus. The demon shrieks in fear, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"
We do not know the name of this demon. It is interesting that the demon is so much clearer about who Jesus is than any other person in the Gospel, except maybe Jesus and his parents. The demon is afraid.
We are not demons, but we let demons into our lives. We each have to "name" our own demons. Are our demons addictions - to alcohol, drugs, screens?? Does Anger plague us, or Sloth? Do the "things of this world" - maybe homes, cars, clothing, entertainment - crowd out every spiritual reality or impulse to love others? In what ways do we cling to our selfish desires, allowing these desires to rule us and destroy those wonderful gifts of God that also reside in our hearts, our homes, our actions and relationships?
As we move through Lent, let us continually ask ourselves these three questions, questions that may be at the heart of our FOLLOWING in obedience the call of God...
How was I first CALLED by God?
How have I been LOVED by God?
What must I do now, in these final days of preparation for the Sacraments, to FOLLOW Him? What is it that I must leave behind to follow Him more closely?