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UPHELD BY GOD: Trinity

Posted on Jan 13, 2017

2nd Week in Ordinary Time
January 19, 2017 RCIA Session


SUNDAY'S READINGS

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
Psalm 40:4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 1:1-3- 
John 1:29-34

 

"Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am well pleased.  Upon him I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations.  He will not cry out, nor shout, nor make his voice heard in the street.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench."    Isaiah 42:3

 "With creation, God does not abandon his creatures to themselves.  He not only gives them being and existence, but also, and at every moment, upholds and sustains them in being, enables them to act and brings them to their final end.  Recognizing this utter dependence with respect to the Creator is a source of wisdom and freedom, of joy and confidence."   -Catechism of the Catholic Church, #301

PREPARE:

  • Last week in RCIA the focus was on the Baptism of Jesus and our own baptism.  By our Baptism we have a job to do while we are on earth: it is our vocation to bring all persons into the love of God in the Church.   
  • This week in RCIA we focus on God as a communion of love, a Divine Trinity - three persons and yet only one God.  We contemplate the unity and the diversity of God -- and then seek to give reverence to God by living in the same way -- as a communion of very diverse individuals -- ONE CHURCH of diverse PEOPLES.
  • See USCCA Chapter 5, Chapter 25, Chapter 26

 

PRACTICE THE FAITH:  REVERENCE

  • If you did not have the faith conversation last week, it is not too late:  have it with your sponsor or family this week.
  • At home with your children, if you are a parent, talk about what REVERENCE means.  The Magi bowed before the baby Jesus when they saw Him.  How is it we show reverence to God?  To holy things or holy places?  To our own family and home?  To show reverence to other persons, even those you do not know?  How is Reverence connected to Thankfulness?   Consider these things, then make one specific decision that you and your family can do to give greater reverence to God or "neighbor" this week.  Be ready to talk about it at RCIA.
  • Consider signing up for the January 27 & 28 Parish Retreat, "Strangers No Longer"

 

REFLECTIONS:

  • God is Holy Mystery: "It is right and just to sing of You, to praise You, to thank You, to worship You -- for you are God ineffable, inconceivable, invisible, incomprehensible, always existing and ever the same,  You and Your begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit."  -Anaphora of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, page 50 in USCCA
  • God is the Trinity: "The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life."  CCC #261, page 51 of USCCA
  • God created the world out of his wisdom and love:  "Creation is not the result of blind fate or complete chance."  page 53 USCCA
  • God made the universe "out of nothing":  "This means that the world is not a part of God or made from some pre-existing substance.  The world depends on God for existence; God independent of his creation and distinct from it, even though creation is sustained in existence by his Providence: 'In him we live and move and have our being,' as St. Paul preached to the people of Athens (Acts 17:28).  page 53 USCCA
  • God guides his creation towards its completion or perfection through what we call his Divine Providence. page 56 of USCCA
  • Why does evil exist?  "There is not quick answer to this challenging question.  Christian faith, after centuries of reflecting on the answer revealed in the Bible, provides the only comprehensible answer.  This answer includes the drama of sin, the love of God who sent his only Son to be our Redeemer and Savior, and the call of God to sinful humanity to repent and to love him in return."  page 57 of USCCA

 

DEFINITION: Mystery 

"We do not confuse the word mystery with the term as it applies to a detective story or a scientific puzzle.  The mystery of God is not a puzzle to be solved.  It is a truth to be reverenced.  It is a reality too rich to be fully grasped by our minds, so that while it continues to unfold, it always remains mostly beyond our comprehension.  The mystery of God is present in our lives and yet remains hidden, beyond the full grasp of our minds."

-page 51 of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)

 

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