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TRANSFIGURED BY GRACE: The Holy Spirit

Posted on Mar 10, 2017

2nd Sunday in Lent
March 16, 2017 RCIA Session


SUNDAY'S READINGS   

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 21
2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Matthew 17:1-9

  "The Lord said to Abram, 'Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father's house...' " Genesis 12:1

"Beloved: Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.  He saved us and called us to a holy life..."  cf. 2 Timothy 1:8-10

"Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  His face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light."  cf. Matthew 17:1-9

 

 

PREPARE:

  • Last  week in RCIA we remembered the Rite of Sending and Election, we reflected on TEMPTATION and our response.  We considered the temptation of Adam and Eve that ended in death -- and the temptation of Jesus that strengthened him for his public ministry.  We were left to ponder how to resist evil in our lives and remembered the promises to resist Satan that we made or will make at our Baptism.  We learned about the Sacrament of Confession.
  • This week in RCIA we reflect on the Transfiguration of Jesus, the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the world. 
  • See Chapter 16 and Chapter 9 of the USCCA.

 

 

UPCOMING DATES:

  • March 11 & 12 -- Penitential Rite for all CANDIDATES in RCIA (baptized already): 7:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am and 3:00 pm Sunday Masses.  Please come 20 minutes early to  find a seat in Church.  Simply come forward when the priest requests that candidates come forward, after the Homily -- your name will not be called and you come forward without your sponsor.  The priest and all assembled will pray for you silently, and then, almost all of the Prayers of the Faithful will be devoted to you.  After the Rite, the priest will indicate for you to return to your seats.
  • March 18 & 19, March 25 & 26, April 1 & 2 -- the THREE SCRUTINY RITES at the 7:00 pm, 10:00 am, and 3:00 pm Masses
  • March 23 - NO RCIA SESSION for candidates: Sponsor and Team Meeting Only
  • April 1 -- Morning of Reflection for English Speaking RCIA Adult Candidates & Sponsors, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the PMC (Old Rectory -- small gray house)
  • April 2 -- Evening of Reflection for Spanish-Speaking adult Candidates & Sponsors, 4:00-8:00 pm in St. Augustine Room -- bring food

PRACTICE: Practicing the Lenten Disciplines

  • This week, talk with your Sponsor or Family about where we find the grace to resist any temptation to do evil or to disobey God.  
  • Reflect on the sin of pride: making ourselves God.

 

REFLECTIONS:  

"For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want.  ...For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit.  The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.  For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him."  Romans 7:19, 8:5-9

 

"Human freedom is more than a capacity to choose between this and that.  It is the God-given power to become who he created us to be and so to share eternal life with him.  ...The best way to grow in freedom is to perform good acts."   USCCA pages 310-311

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding "Lead us not into Temptation"...

#2848  "Lead us not into temptation" implies a decision of the heart: "For where you treasure is, there will your heart be also...No one can serve two masters." (Mt. 621, 24)  "If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit."  In this assent to the Holy Spirit the Father gives us strength.  "No testing has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with temptation will also provide the way of escape, so that you may be able to endure it." (1 Cor 10:13)

"Such a battle and such a victory become possible only through prayer.  It is by prayer that Jesus vanquishes the tempter, both at the outset of his public mission and in the ultimate struggle of his agony.  In this petition to our heavenly Father, Christ unites ut to his battle and his agony.  He urgest us to vigilance of the heart in communion with his own.  Vigilance is "custody of the heart," and Jesus prayed for us to the Father: "Keep them in your name."  The Holy Spirit constantly seeks to awaken us to keep watch.  Finally, this petition takes on all its dramatic meaning in relation to the last temptation of our earthly battle; it asks for final perseverance.  "Lo, I am coming like a thief!  Blesses is he who is awake." (Rev 16:15)

 

 

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