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Jesus Is Lord: Holy Spirit – Going from the Seat to the Feet {Week Five}

HOLYSPIRITchrist-king3Welcome to the Jesus Is Lord series! This is the fifth installment of the Jesus Is Lord course offered for adults at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock, Texas.

If this is your first time visiting this series, I encourage you to take a few moments and read through the series introduction that will give a clear picture of the purpose and content of the Jesus Is Lord course. The introduction post not only outlines the course, but goes over the motivation to share in this class on the internet. 

Today’s class is about Holy Spirit: Going from the Seat to the Feet. Last week’s class was about Repentance – Recognize and ReceiveIf you would prefer to watch this class, please scroll to the bottom. Keep in mind the recorded classes are not from our current class and contain testimonies from different people presented in the text below. Check back next week for the Prayer Session that took place in the church followed by the sixth installment which will cover Jesus is Lord of my Talent. 

TEACHING

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Before the class starts, Noe recaps what was discussed in a previous class. Surrender must be done with love. The focus of the class will be on the “recognize” portion. We want to know what surrender looks like in practical terms.

 

Father Uche:

Last week we had penance service.

How was that?

The AFF team, Father Uche and Noe were happy they were able to offer the service with 10 priests from visiting parishes coming to hear confessions. Father Uche was glad it had such a good response. It’s meant to continue, he said. It’s meant to be an ongoing process. The Church recommends that we go to confession every month. Try to go every month. It means more hours for Father Uche, but he doesn’t mind because it draws you closer to Jesus.

Today, we’ll talk about something that’s very important. We’re on a journey of making Jesus the Lord of our lives, but first, we’re going to need the ABC’s.

Analogy. Just as major league baseball has farm leagues and soccer has different tiers such as division one or premiere, so the Church, too, has layers – top layers, intermediate, and those who are…way down there.

Let’s see how this shapes up.

There are three types of Catholics.

 

TYPE C

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C doesn’t stand for Catholic! A “type C” Catholic has circles inside, which represent different aspects of their lives – children, finances, t.v., grocery shopping, internet, health, cell phone, transportation, etc. 

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Then you have a throne. The throne is important, because whoever sits on the throne controls all the circles. The person sitting on the throne helps prioritize and order things.

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“ME” – I sit on the throne. I call the shots.

I determine how much time I give to all the aspects of my life.

So, where is God in all of this?

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The “cross” represents God. He is not completely out, but He is not completely in.

A Type C Catholic views the internet, cell phone, video games, etc. as in his life completely,

but God did not succeed in getting in.

Generally speaking, type C Catholics are good people.

They probably come to church on Christmas and Easter.

They might even help at the fall festival. Or not…they are too busy with other things.

They might attend church for a funeral or wedding.

They are part of the hatch, match, and dispatch program.

Hatch – baptism, match – marriage, dispatch – funeral.

 But, even at this level – you’d better not speak poorly of the Church to a

Type C Catholic because you will hear from them!!

 

TYPE B

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Type B has the same things in their lives – family, friends, entertainment, work, health, leisure, etc.

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We can see the throne still shows ME in control.

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The difference is that God is inside the circle.

God has the same level of importance as family, friend, travel, health.

They are likely to miss Mass on Sundays when they travel because

it is seen as no more important than any other circle.

Again, a Type B is generally a good person.

They come to Mass more often than Type C, possibly every Sunday.

They might attend the fall festival or even volunteer to help.

They are involved in their faith, but who is still on the throne?

They are. They control everything.

 

It is scary to think that somebody else would be

sitting on the throne, the driver’s seat.

We want that control.

But, we will see there is a different type of Catholic who is going to challenge us.

 

TYPE A

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Just like Type B and C, they have a life – they have circles.

But the throne?

It comes first.

And who is on the throne?

Jesus. Jesus is the Lord of their life.

Life, throne, Jesus, and then everything else follows.

Where is ME?

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ME has become the “sous chef” to Jesus. ME is on the footstool.

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Now we see the order of the circles in their lives.

They have school, family, work, health issues, entertainment, cell phone, internet…

but the arrangement of those are centered, ordered, organized.

It’s not the same thing as Type A Catholic being a “type A” personality!

 

When we follow the order of life, we are happy, we are comfortable.

But when we don’t follow that order, our lives are out of order.

This order does NOT come easy.

Type A Catholics are used to having Jesus in control of their lives

because they have a life of prayer, they have a life of abandonment to Jesus.

Each and every one of us wants to be a Type A Catholic, yes?

Ok, no pressure. Raise your hand if you’d like to be a Type A Catholic?

How do you make the transition, though?

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Movement from type C/B to a Type A – you have to VACATE the throne.

Look, you have been in charge all this time and how well has that gone?

Let’s try something new, ok?

 God has to lead the periphery of your life.

Make sure He is not just one of the other things in your life,

on the same level as the internet and t.v., for example.

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We have to bring someone to occupy the throne of your life, and so Jesus takes over.

And you sit at the feet of Jesus.

Think of the story of Mary and Martha. Mary just sat at the feet of Jesus.

And Jesus recognized that Mary had picked the better part.

We need to be encouraged to move from Type B/C to being Type A Catholics.

It involves a lot of work and there is some fear in letting go, but there is an order in the universe.

God made this universe in such a way that there is just enough oxygen for us,

we are situated at just the right distance from the sun – neither too hot nor too cold.

If we follow the order of God’s creation, we are happy.

Your body has a design, there is a master plan for it, for your life.

If you go on living your life away from the master plan, you will never be happy.

Do you want to be happy?

And how much happiness do you want?

Order in the soul – that’s where the body takes orders from the soul and not the other way around.

SCRIPTURE

How do we make Jesus the Lord of our life?

What does that look like?

We will unpack that over the next seven weeks.

First we want to want to learn and understand how to make Him the Lord of our life.

Holy Spirit

1 – Jesus promised the Holy Spirit

In John 14:15-21, we see the promise of the Holy Spirit.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,

the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.

On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.

Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

We see what comes out of love and willingness to surrender – Jesus is speaking to Type A’s here. He is talking to disciples who were all Type A’s. The Helper/Advocate would be there to help them be a Type A. The Advocate will stay with you forever. When Jesus was around and the disciples were around him all day, it was easy for them to make Jesus their Lord. When they went to bed, He was right there, when they woke up, Jesus was there – during the day, they saw Him healing.

It was easier to be good if you were a disciple.

This Helper, the Spirit, is the One who helps this weak, broken, fragile person, to become a Type A. Your job is to turn it over to Jesus. Anyone or anything that doesn’t let Jesus guide them is “the world.” You don’t need Jesus if you want to remain on the throne…to mess up your life – in fact, you have probably done that really well all by yourself!

It’s important that we shoot for being a Type A Catholic; then the Holy Spirit has something to work with and something to do.

2 – Jesus sent the Holy Spirit

In Acts 1:1-2

In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught

until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

The instructions can be found at the end of Mark 16, Matthew 28, Luke 24.

When Jesus explained this to the disciples, it left them confused. He just told the them to go and make disciples of all nations, but says for them not to go anywhere for 40 days.

EXAMPLE. Noe speaks of Father Uche asking the entire St. William staff to get together to work on a community garden, gets everyone excited to work on the project, but then says don’t leave the parish hall and to wait.

What is Jesus really saying? He is saying you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. You will be equipped. Just like Father Uche wants the group to stay in the parish hall, it’s because he wants the custodian to bring the gardening tools needed to get the job done. Jesus is saying don’t leave Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples. So, they waited for 4o days. And then they prayed the very first novena. And on the 10th day, the Holy Spirit descended and transformed their lives. Next, we’ll see how they were filled with the Holy Spirit.

3 – When the Holy Spirit comes, it has an effect on people 

Acts 2

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.

The promise is fulfilled.

icc_pentecost Acts14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them,

“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. 

We can easily recall who Peter was just 50 days before when Jesus was crucified. Peter thought he was helping when he lopped off the soldier’s ear – but when Jesus was arrested, Peter denied Him.

 v.23 This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.

v. 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, “What are we to do, my brothers?”

Peter spoke from the heart with the power of the Holy Spirit. The others were deeply troubled. They were cut to the heart.

Repent and be baptized…

v. 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.

And the Catholic Church started with 3, 121 Type A’s, amen?

We can’t make Jesus the Lord of our life unless we receive the Holy Spirit.

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v.44 – While Peter was still speaking these things, the holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. 

The Holy Spirit fell upon those who were listening, the Gentiles.

You can tell when someone has the Holy Spirit. That’s what it’s going to do to us. People are going to ask you what’s different.

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A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the scriptures.

Apollos only had the baptism of John, the receiving. He didn’t yet recognize. Priscilla and Aquilla explained the Way of God more accurately so that Apollos could learn the full Gospel. He then went on to Corinth.

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Paul arrived in Ephesus. He found some disciples that Apollos – asked if they became believers of Jesus, which was a loaded question. He wasn’t really asking, he knew they hadn’t yet received the Holy Spirit. The answered that they had not heard of a Holy Spirit!

EXAMPLE. When asked Where is the Holy Spirit? Noe would respond “somewhere around here” indicating one motion from one shoulder to the next {sign of the cross}. Noe knew a bunch of rules and regulations, but there was a time when he didn’t know he needed to surrender his life. The believers, like Noe, were good Christians, but they didn’t know the Holy Spirit.

That message is for all of us who want Jesus to be the Lord of our life.

STORY. 1976 – Farr, TX – Father O’Malley built St. Ann’s from scratch. He was getting depressed and frustrated because he wasn’t seeing people’s lives changed. They would attend Mass, but he wasn’t seeing them live the Faith through the week. He heard about another parish that had 400 people attending on Wednesday evenings. He decided to attend “incognito” and  heard about the Kerygma from lay people and attended the prayer session. This was five weeks before Noe showed up.

That’s the beginning of the story of how Noe’s life was transformed.

STORY. A bishop, then priest, from Mexico in 1978 gave a talk at a conference of ten thousand Type A Catholics. He was the main speaker. Noe was working full time on faith, no pay. H picked up the priest and took him everywhere while he was in town. He took him straight to the conference and heard him talk…it blew Noe away.

One day during his stay, Noe asked Father whether he wanted fast food or a sit down breakfast. Father wanted Mexican food, so they sat down. The entire breakfast was silence until they were almost done. Father said in Spanish

thanks be to God for stubborn old women!!

He went on to say two years prior to, he was a happy parish priest. He had a good parish and didn’t work that hard. He had been a priest long enough that he had homilies already done for a three year cycle. One Sunday after Mass, he says he went through the rectory and was going to watch t.v. and relax. This little old lady jumps out of the bush and grabs his hands and kissed them and said “Father, you need the Holy Spirit.” The next Sunday, the same bush, and the lady jumped out again “Father, you REALLY need the Holy Spirit!!!” The next Sunday…this time he was prepared. Sure enough, the same lady jumps out from the same bush.

YOU REALLY REALLY NEED THE HOLY SPIRIT!!

He snapped back at her

“I’ve got more Holy Spirit than you do because I have the sacrament of ordination!”

“Yes, she said, you have a lot of Holy Spirit, but you can’t see it!”

He said he couldn’t’ sleep. The next day he had a meeting at the chancery. They were sending him on a FIVE day retreat on the Holy Spirit. They said he had to go. By the 4th day they prayed over him that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit. He didn’t feel a thing, but a couple of the priests said they did. A couple of days later, he pulls out his canned sermon during the homily and instead goes to the readings. He strayed from his canned homily and could hear the Holy Spirit…he heard sobs from the people in the congregation. His once lame blessings were turned into heart-felt praying over people.

What the Holy Spirit did for all these people lives – He wants to do to each one of YOU.

He wants to show you how to live for and be used by Jesus.

Stirring of the Holy Spirit

STORY. Noe went to a retreat. One guy led everyone in song with his guitar. The speaker before lunch was the bishop. Noe raised his hand and asked the bishop,

I know that in Baptism as Catholics, we receive all the gifts, the ministries and fruits of the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Baptism.

How come as a baptized person, I needed to receive prayer in order to receive the Holy Spirit.

Bishop decided to answer after lunch. They came back from lunch and the guy leading the song sang a song, then he said a prayer…then he sang another song, and said another prayer.

Finally he said he didn’t know what happened to the bishop when he heard  a voice from the kitchen that said

“I’m coming!!!”

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Noe gives an example of how the Holy Spirit works in us by showing the group two glasses of cold milk. They both look the same, but one doesn’t have the Holy Spirit. It’s just a plain glass of milk.

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But this glass of milk has the Holy Spirit. It is the chocolate syrup.

It still looks like the other glass of milk, though, because the Holy Spirit hasn’t been given any work to do yet.

Let’s see what happens when we ask Jesus to allow the Holy Spirit to fill us.

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Let Jesus be the spoon to stir the Holy Spirit – we’re no longer milk, but chocolate milk.

Jesus stirs us to a better life.

Next week, we will meet in the main church for a prayer session  in which Noe and Fr. Uche will pray over everyone. We will make a renewal of our baptism promise and this time we will make it our own. Next prayer of commitment – Jesus I love you and I want to give my life to you.

The AFF team, Father Uche and Noe will agree with your prayer as it is found in Matthew 18:19  Again, (amen,) I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

  • PRAYER
  • QUESTIONS
    1. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE HOMEWORK? {read and share why}
    2. ANY COMMENTS ON PRAYING FOR YOUR PARTNER?
    3. WHAT STRUCK YOU ABOUT THE PRESENTATION?
  • HOMEWORK 

DAY 1: Throughout the ages, prophets predicted that the day would come when God would give His Spirit freely to men. Those who turned to Him and received His Spirit would be changed. They would be new men with a new life.

“The Lord God says this. I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I shall put my spirit in you. You shall be my people and I will be your God.'” Ezek 36:22-28

DAY 2: Jesus promised before He died that He would give His followers the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will live in you and give you a new life. The promise of Jesus is for everyone. Jesus says:

“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you…you will not be left all alone…” John 14:15-18

DAY 3: On the day of Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were gathered together in one room in prayer, and the Holy Spirit which Jesus promised came on them. From that moment on, they were changed men.

“When the day of Pentecost came,…They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.” Acts 21a&4

DAY 4: You can experience the Holy Spirit the same way the first disciples did. Whether you have been a Christian for a while or have never believed in Christ before, you can receive whatever is missing in your experience of the life of the Spirit. What happened to the disciples at Ephesus can happen to you.

“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Paul placed his hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came upon them; they spoke in strange tongues and also proclaimed God’s message. They were about twelve men in all.” Acts 19:5-7

DAY 5: When the Holy Spirit is released in you, you will begin to experience a new kind of life. You will know God in a new way. That new life will grow in you until you become a changed person. St. Paul describes the result by saying:

“But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control.” Gal 5:22-23a

DAY 6: As you grow in faith in the Holy Spirit in you, you will begin to experience him working in you in new ways so that you can serve others. He will help you overcome your weakness and pride by empowering you to be able to witness for Jesus to others. Jesus promised:

“But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

DAY 7: God gives the Holy Spirit so that we can be joined to the body of Christ {the Church, the faith community}. The new life in the Spirit will allow you to be more closely united with other Catholics in your parish and to experience a communion with them in the Spirit. God’s word teaches:

“So then, you Gentiles are not foreigners or strangers any longer; you are now citizens together with God’s people and members of the Family of God. You, too, are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus Himself. He is the one who holds the whole building together and makes it grow into a sacred temple dedicated to the Lord. In union with Him, you too are being built together with all the others into a place where God lives through His Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22

  • STUDY:  Read Acts 10 & Acts 18:24 and 19:7

SUMMARY

Homework is to be done daily – reflect on Scripture and Holy Spirit: Going from the Seat to the Feet through the week. If you are in a group, pair up two or three and commit to pray daily for your prayer partner. Small groups come together for a few minutes of question and answer in the large group. If you have any questions, please leave a comment in the combox below so that we can help in any way possible.

CONCLUSION

Prayer of Abandonment

Father,
I abandon myself into Your hands;
do with me what You will.
Whatever You may do, I thank You:
I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only Your will be done in me,
and in all Your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to You with all the love of my heart,
for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into Your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for You are my Father.

Charles de Foucauld

OPTIONS: If you would like to watch, please visit the St. William Adult Faith Formation page to watch the previously recorded class.

 

 

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Jesus Is Lord: Repentance – Recognize and Receive {Week Four}

REPENTANCEchrist-king3Welcome to the Jesus Is Lord series! This is the fourth installment of the Jesus Is Lord course offered for adults at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock, Texas.

If this is your first time visiting this series, I encourage you to take a few moments and read through the series introduction that will give a clear picture of the purpose and content of the Jesus Is Lord course. The introduction post not only outlines the course, but goes over the motivation to share in this class on the internet. 

Today’s class is about Repentance – Recognize and Receive. Last week’s class was about Salvation – God’s Solution for SinIf you would prefer to watch this class, please scroll to the bottom. Keep in mind the recorded classes are not from our current class and contain testimonies from different people presented in the text below. Check back next week for Confession and then the following installment which will cover Holy Spirit – Going from the Seat to the Feet

TEACHING

Begin with prayer.

Noe starts the evening by sharing that repentance has two components – recognizing and receiving

EXAMPLE.  He gave his daughter the car, but there was something wrong with the suspension. The mechanic recommended putting new wheels on the car, too, and suggested another company to do the work. Fixing the alignment without putting new tires on it wouldn’t truly fix the alignment. It would just be a matter of time before the alignment was off again. 

And so it is with true repentance. We need to both recognize and receive in order to have true repentance. We are going to explain in detail how to receive God’s forgiveness.

  1. We have to take responsibility for our sins. The blame is mine.
  2. We need true contrition. I feel sorry for what I’ve done.
  3. We need to take an active role in avoiding the near occasion of sin. My intention is to not sin again.

Father Uche Andeh spoke to the group about Repentance: Recognize and Receive. The following is a summary of his talk:

We continue in our journey – the next phase – thanking the Lord for His special mercies and favors. So far we have talked about God’s Love, Sin and Its Consequences, and Salvation and God’s Solution for Sin. The process of “cashing the check” was written by the work on the Cross. We started talking about the Kerygma – the original message by the apostles – the message included repentance. It did not start with the apostles, but Jesus Himself as we see in

Mark 1:15 “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

The message Jesus preached then still applies. It is what He is telling you TODAY. The right time has come. The ball is in your court. You need to turn away from your sins and believe in the Good News. When He talks about turning away from sin – and Pope John VI hammered this point – He is talking about metanoia {literally repentance or penance} When you turn your back on God, God is saying turn back – 180 degrees. Bishop Fulton Sheen says when we turn away from God through sin, it’s like you turn away from the sun – what do you see when you turn away from the sun? You see your shadow, your fears, the things that give you fear, and as you walk away from the sun, the shadow gets longer. But, when you turn towards the sun, the shadow is behind you and the closer you get to the sun, the shorter the shadow is. It’s forgiveness from all the worry and anxiety we place on ourselves. But we first have to turn towards God.

CONTRITION IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT

Not because we fear Him, but because we love God. It is not the only thing needed in Catholicism. It is contrition and ALSO avoiding the near occasions of sin. The Catholic understanding of repentance is not “oh, I’m sorry” only.

Example. An alcoholic encounters Jesus – he knows it destroys the family. He wants to turn his life around, so he is sorry for drinking. He knows that hanging out with his friend Louie will lead to drinking…excessively. Avoiding the near occasion of sin means telling Louie the new state of affairs and ask Louie to change, too. If his friend does not, he knows spending time with his friend is an occasion of sin and he knows he will fall into the same behavior again.

Repentance is saying I’m sorry

and I’m going to make an effort to avoid situations that cause me to fall

Repentance has to involve both components. Avoiding the near occasion of sin is being as shrewd as serpents and as simple as doves. If you intentionally put yourself in the path of sin, you are just like a child playing with fire.

When Jesus called His disciples – they left everything {metanoia} and they follow Him. That’s what we’re supposed to do as Christians – old things have passed away and new things are here now.

CONTRAST this with

John 6:66 As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

Following Christ means changing everything – your attitude, motives, thoughts, behaviors, etc. You are a completely new creation in Christ Jesus.

CCC 1431  Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnance toward the evil actions we have committed. At the same time it entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life, with hope in God’s mercy and trust in the help of his grace. This conversion of heart is accompanied by a salutary pain and sadness which the Fathers called animi cruciatus (affliction of spirit) and compunctio cordis (repentance of heart).

Turning away from evil, sin, wrongdoing, and from ruining your life is the point at which we STOP being the boss of our own life. We turn it over to Jesus. Two conflicting options will always be present, though. We can choose what we want to do instead and not what God wants us to do due to lack of trust. What we are striving for is returning to a life of obedience.

Turning away from sin has consequences and will come with some pain.

You have to be willing and able to deal with that pain in exchange for the peace that God gives you. 

Turning towards God is about falling in love. What happens when people fall in love? They do things they wouldn’t normally do. Without the falling in love part, you will feel like you are being punished. Love makes it a little bit easier to bare – not easy, but easier to bare.

Being lukewarm is no longer an option.

Revelation 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

We have to make up our mind.

God has courted us all these years and now you have to decide.

You can’t stay in no-man’s land. 

It takes action.

Mark 9:43-49 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ “Everyone will be salted with fire.

What does Jesus mean? He’s not talking about actually mutilating yourself, but rather some of these things we do – sins – we need to cut them from our lives. We are as attached to our sins as our hands are to our body. In other words, cutting ourselves off from our favorite sins can be as painful as cutting off our hand or foot.

Example. You are with someone who wants to gossip all the time. Something has to give…sin can become so engrained in us that it becomes second nature – it’s impossible for us to separate from it. God says bring your addiction to Me and we will remove/operate/cut that aspect off so that you can start the healing process.

God gives you a simple proposition at this point in your journey. Are YOU willing to take this step with Him? This 180? Sometimes we doubt, but if you do your part, God will do His part because He is always faithful.

He is challenging you today – if you do your part, He will do His. He will see you through.

DURING THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION. Whatever sins you forgive are forgiven – and that confession is principally between you and God. So that you can make a good confession, do not focus on the priest, do not worry with what he might think of you. Think of the priest as the phone you would use to talk directly to God. Confession is complete when you do penance.

Based on Psalms 51:10, play this song and use the music as meditation to allow it to be an administration of the Holy Spirit to you. Use the words to respond to God and make it a prayer to Him.

SCRIPTURE

Below is a summary of the Scripture that Noe used to break down Father Uche’s talk.

Sacrament

Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

When we get rid of the obstructions in our lives through the sacrament of Confession, the light of Jesus will touch people.

EXAMPLE. Noe uses a flashlight to demonstrate how we are a light for others. Facilitators turn off the lights, but…

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…darkness. The light doesn’t work!

The flashlight should have lit the whole place! It’s a Catholic flashlight! I saw it going to confession! The light of Jesus should have shown.

Examination of conscience

We need to let the Holy Spirit show us our sin. The more sin we allow Him to show us, the better our confession is and, the more we confess, the brighter our light can shine.

An examination of conscience is like reading through the Texas driver’s handbook – you might know some of the rules, but not all of them. A good examination of conscience will help you go over all the rules, not just the ones you know. The one above is based on the Ten Commandments.

::Please click AFF Examination of Conscience to retrieve the examination of conscience used for this class::

EXAMPLE.  I am the Lord, your God, you shall have no other gods besides me. Looking over the first commandment, our first reaction may be no, I don’t break that one! I don’t bow down to tree stumps or have golden calves in my living room. So, we look to the italicized questions that further break down each commandment. It says I am the Lord your God. God is in charge and it is He who tells us what to do. Consequently, no other gods should be before Him. 

So, how do I find out what God wants me to do each day?

I report for duty…through prayer.

If I don’t pray, I don’t get my marching orders and I end up doing my own thing.

Not praying everyday is bending the first commandment.

EXAMPLE.  If you’re going to write on your examination of conscience, don’t write your name on it. Noe put his name on his EoC booklet – certain parts were highlighted. He used his booklet so often that one time he went to confession – and it was devastating. He had his list and was waiting for the line to get smaller. He left his booklet in his haste, but when he went back to church, it wasn’t there and didn’t see it again until an old lady gave it to him. Noe jokes the woman probably knew him better than anyone else!

Let the Lord tell you what you need to take to confession and you will make a good confession. 

EXAMPLE. You shall not desire your neighbor’s goods. 10th commandment – Do I trust that God will care for all my material and spiritual needs? Noe spoke about his car and transmission that fell out in Denton, TX. He gave the mechanic a hard time. He was angry that the mechanic couldn’t get the car fixed and he refused to pay the mechanic who had already put in 20 hours labor. All of this came back to Noe as he reflected on that question. His answer was no, I don’t think God can fix a Honda. And that’s why I’m acting so rude and unfair. Noe repented and confessed – called mechanic to apologize for how he spoke to him. He agreed to pay for the 20 hours.

The next day the car was running. 

Don’t think the Holy Spirit isn’t going to use your experiences to help you make a better confession.

EXAMPLE. Noe, opens the flashlight and sees there were some sins the flashlight didn’t confess – pornography, lying, deliberately missing Mass {and he has little flashlights who are following his example!}.

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Now that he has confessed those sins, let’s try the flashlight again.
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Confession helps us better shine the light of Christ!

TESTIMONY

54:03 is where the testimony starts.

This testimony is taken from another semester, but is the same person who shared for the Fall 2013 Repentance: Recognize & Receive class.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

  • PRAYER
  • QUESTIONS
    1. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE HOMEWORK? {read and share why}
    2. ANY COMMENTS ON PRAYING FOR YOUR PARTNER?
    3. WHAT STRUCK YOU ABOUT THE PRESENTATION?
  • STUDY:  Read John 14 and Acts 2

SUMMARY

Homework is to be done daily – reflect on Scripture and Repentance: Recognize & Receive through the week. If you are in a group, pair up two or three and commit to pray daily for your prayer partner. Small groups come together for a few minutes of question and answer in the large group. If you have any questions, please leave a comment in the combox below so that we can help in any way possible.

CONCLUSION

Prayer of Abandonment

Father,
I abandon myself into Your hands;
do with me what You will.
Whatever You may do, I thank You:
I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only Your will be done in me,
and in all Your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to You with all the love of my heart,
for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into Your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for You are my Father.

Charles de Foucauld

OPTIONS: If you would like to watch the class, please visit the St. William Adult Faith Formation page to watch the previously recorded class on Repentance: Recognize & Receive. The testimony is given by the same person, but is from a different semester, OR you can watch the video below of the same class given by Father Uche in Spring 2013. The testimony portion begins at 49:40 on the video shown below.

 

 

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Jesus Is Lord: Salvation – God’s Solution for Sin {Week Three}

SALVATIONchrist-king3Welcome to the Jesus Is Lord series! This is the third installment of the Jesus Is Lord course offered for adults at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock, Texas.

If this is your first time visiting this series, I encourage you to take a few moments and read through the series introduction that will give a clear picture of the purpose and content of the Jesus Is Lord course. The introduction post not only outlines the course, but goes over the motivation to share in this class on the internet. 

Today’s class is about Salvation – God’s Solution for Sin. Last week’s class was about Sin and Its ConsequencesIf you would prefer to watch this class, please scroll to the bottom. Keep in mind the recorded classes are not from our current class and contain testimonies from different people presented in the text below. Check back next week for the fourth installment which will cover Repentance – Recognize & Receive

ITEMS NEEDED: Crucifix, basket, rocks {enough for all participants} – place the basket of rocks in front of the crucifix.

TEACHING

Father Uche Andeh spoke to the group about Salvation – God’s Solution for Sin. The following is a summary of his talk:

Begin with prayer.

We continue to explore the story, but first things first. What did you remember from last week?

::take a few moments to discuss and review last week’s content::

  • Sin is an abuse of freedom,
  • distrust of God.
  • Sin affects all of us.

God & Man

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Adam and Eve cast out of the garden

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There are things in the world that are so messed up beyond our control; but, there are things we do have control over. In our broken world, it is difficult to depend on anybody else.

What is God’s solution for this situation?

Romans 6:23 tells us the wages of sin is death. There was a price that had to be paid.

What did God do to remedy the situation?

What did he do to bring us back into a right relationship with Him?

He didn’t snap his fingers to immediately rectify the situation even though He could have.

The God who created us could have decided to save us in the moment. He didn’t choose the easiest route. Instead, He sent His Son to die on the Cross for us.

The CRUCIFIX – we have had a tendency to make it glamorous. It was actually the height of public disgrace and shame. He was 100% naked and did not have a loin cloth like we see in pictures, statues, etc.

What Jesus did on the Cross – He saved us from the lie, the doubt that was sown into us by the devil. He saved us from the distrust we have in God by becoming one of us. The crucifix shows us the horror of sin, and shows us what our sin does to God, but also it shows us how much God loves us. Because Jesus is God, He could have wished away His pain. He instead chose to feel the pain and agony.

Psalms 22My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?

The Crucifix shows us the depths of God’s love for us – there is always the temptation for us to think that when we look at our lives, our sins, our history – that we can atone for our past sins. {being active in the pro-life movement, we think we can save ourselves}. The truth is that there is nothing we can do in this life to be able to pay back for our sins. That’s why Christ did it for us – we are incapable of doing it ourselveswe were in need of a Savior.

You are required to believe that Jesus Christ who died on the Cross was not a phantom, a ghost. How is it He died on the Cross if He is God? we might think to ourselves. He is 100% God and 100% man. Jesus is not “god-lite” –

…the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.

Father Uche said please do not ask me about the chemistry of the situation – it’s a mystery for a reason!

Catholics profess this about Jesus – it is not optional – that is why He is able to pay the debt of your sin, and every sin from the beginning to the end of time. His life was so incredibly valuable because He is fully God and fully man.

The break between God and man was restored through the work on the Cross.

Hebrews

4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin.

Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin.

God did not create anything bad – the flesh was always good, but needed redemption. Most would have looked at the brokenness of humanity and thought it was not worth saving, but God always saw the good in us.

God understands our suffering when things happen to our children because He saw what happened to His own Son.

2:10-11 For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering. He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers,”

He who sanctifies and we who are being sanctified come from the same Father – and that is why He is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters. He has come to take that which is fallen and rotten. Jesus is on the right side of the Father, interceding for us always.

2:17-18 therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

He had to become like us in every way so that He could pay that debt. If Jesus was not like us, that means God was “gaming the system – cheating the system.”

The wages of sin was death – and it was not paid by Adam and Eve. He would become like us in order to change everything.

He did not restore us to the time of Adam and Eve, but to something more than paradise. He catapulted us to a level that was way above what Adam and Eve took away from us through their sin.

The Lord’s descent into hell

_thumbRNSJESUSHELL040212a“What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.

Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam’s son.

The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: ‘My Lord be with you all.” And Christ in reply says to Adam: ‘And with your spirit.’ And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying: ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

‘I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise.

‘I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.

‘For you, I your God became your son; for you, I the Master took on your form; that of slave; for you, I am above the heavens came on earth and under earth; for you, man, I became as a man without help, free among the dead; for you, who left a garden, I was handed over to Jews from a garden and crucified in a garden.

‘Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to that first divine inbreathing at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted form to my own image.

‘See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands nailed to the tree for a good purpose, for you, who stretched out your hand to the tree for an evil one.

‘I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side, for you, who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side; my sleep will release you from your sleep in Hades; my sword has checked the sword which was turned against you.

‘But arise, let us go hence. The enemy brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree of life, which was a figure, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God.

‘The cherubim throne has been prepared, the bearers are ready and waiting, the bridal chamber is in order, the food is provided, the everlasting houses and rooms are in readiness; the treasures of good things have been opened; the kingdom of heaven has been prepared before the ages.”

~A reading from an ancient homily for Holy Saturday

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Your history has been deleted if you give your life to Jesus – He paid it for you and there is nothing you can do to earn it.

 

Amen?

SCRIPTURE

Below is a summary of the Scripture that Noe used to break down Father Uche’s talk.

John 

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

verse 14 And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

Who is the Word?

Jesus. Fully God. Fully man. He came to pay a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. And when He paid it, there were two reactions.

verse 10 He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.

1) The first reaction was that folks didn’t recognize He was God. Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Doesn’t he live on Maple Street? They couldn’t go beyond His humanity – they couldn’t recognize Him as God. The only proper response is to recognize He is God and to surrender to Him. There is hesitation sometimes because we want to do things our own way.

verse 11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

2) The other reaction was folks did not accept Him. I don’t need your forgiveness, I don’t do wrong, I don’t kick the dog, I don’t rob liquor stores, etc. but go a couple of blocks down the road – THEY need your help. My mother-in-law lives there! Some people can’t see the sin in their own lives and can’t repent and therefore can’t receive the good news.

verse 12 But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name,

Everyone is a child of God, but not everyone has the power, right, privilege to live as a child of God. If you have not received God’s forgiveness through repentance, you aren’t able to love as God loves you.

TESTIMONY

Hi, my name is Cindi . I’m married to my husband Ross, and we have two grown sons. I’m a cradle Catholic. My Father was Catholic and Mom converted when they were married.  I went to Catholic schools all my life, not because my family was religious but because I have bad hearing and the classes at the Catholic school were much smaller than the public school. My parents thought I would do better in the smaller classes. We always started our day with Mass before classes. We wore plaid skirts and white blouses and it was a very traditional Catholic school taught by mostly nuns.  I really loved it and my teachers. I also went to a Catholic high school after that.  By then it was late 60’s – early 70’s and the Vietnam war was going on. At the time, it seemed like the world was changing (Im not sure if it was my age or the world) and when I’d get home from school, my parents would be watching the news. I would see lots of college kids at universities who were protesting the war (the draft was going on then). There were hippies and flower children, and it seemed like lots of them were experimenting with drugs and free love. I never did that stuff, but I still thought the Church was old fashioned and just behind the times and everything was changing.  At home, my parents didn’t really talk about God. We went to Mass on Christmas and Easter, sometimes, and my Mom would take me and my brother and sister to Mass on Sundays sometimes, very sporadically. It never bothered me if we didn’t go. My best friends were neighbor kids who all went to the local public school. They never mentioned God and my best friend started experimenting with drugs and hanging out with the local hippies.

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After graduation from high school, I went to college for a while but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and I drifted away from the Church. I remember thinking I had gone to Mass every morning for years and so I had done enough. When I graduated from high school, I graduated from all that going to Church. I remembered God and would pray to Him sometimes. One day, I did go sit in the back of my Church and tried to decide my future. What was my life to be like? What did I want? After sitting there for a while I knew I wanted to be a wife and mother and that was my direction I would point my life.  I avoided my old friends and went to beauty school with an older cousin who was attending and who I had always looked up to. I hung around with a different group of friends there and through them I met my husband. I knew when I saw him that he was the one!! It was like I recognized him although I had never seen him before. We dated for two years and then we had a big wedding and got married in my Church.  Ross was baptized a Methodist but he didn’t go to Church, but neither did I hardly ever by then. He was in college and I was working in a beauty shop. Finally, he graduated, had his degree and got his first job when we had to move away from my family and friends. In our new little town, I did go check out the local Catholic church there once by myself, but I felt so lost there. It was the first time living away from where I grew up.  After a few months, I found out I was pregnant. I was really looking forward to finally starting our family. When our son Matthew was born it was about the happiest day of my life! Then, two years later our second child Andy was born. We moved around quite a bit with Ross’s job for a few years and

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Life got really busy raising our family.  After a while, we were transferred to Texas.  I registered here at St. William in 1985 and would try to take my boys, who were in elementary school by then, to Religious Education and Mass occasionally, but they fought me so much because they didn’t want to be go. Their dad wasn’t going, so neither would they.  My husband at that time was a workaholic and on his day off he wasn’t about to go to church, even though we would try to go on Christmas and Easter. While my husband was gone at work all the time, I tried to make myself happy by buying things. It seemed like everything I ever thought I wanted in life I had – a husband and family, but still something was really missing.  As the boys were growing up, I would try to go to Mass occasionally, because I vaguely remembered I should be going to Church, but I usually forgot it was Sunday or if I did remember to go, I would become sad because I would see all the families there together and I couldn’t get my family to go with me.

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The boys grew up and went to college and then in 2000 our youngest son Andy informed me he didn’t believe in God. I just felt sick about it and I knew his soul was in danger.  I told my husband about it and he was very upset, too, and we had a conversation about our beliefs and God, which we had never talked about before. I decided to try to talk Andy out of being an Atheist but the more I debated with him the more I knew I didn’t have the answers I needed to have. I didn’t know enough and he had made up his mind. I decided I needed to learn more about God and I started to try to read the Bible. I remembered some of the stories in the Bible were familiar from my childhood but, I only read as far as Numbers.

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In 2001 The 911 terrorist attack happened and Ross told me he wanted to go to church. They were having a special Mass because of the attacks. I was so glad he wanted to go! Then, we kept going back every week because he wanted to keep going. He liked hearing the priest’s sermons. Week after week, we went on Saturday night, listening to the sermons, and then we would go out for dinner. One day after Mass Ross told he wanted to start looking for a new house. It was something he had heard in one of the sermons. That sounded great to me and we started our search and found what we wanted and moved. It was there I met a new neighbor who wanted to go walking.  She lived across the street and had just moved in, too. We started walking together for our exercise and she asked me one morning

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“Are you saved?”

I didn’t know what to say. I told her I thought so, but I wasn’t sure. She always wanted to talk about Jesus. That made me kind of uncomfortable because I had never talked with anyone before who wanted to talk about Jesus so much when we weren’t in Church. She was always bringing her church up. I even tried to avoid her for a while because I thought that was odd and didn’t like her bringing it up so often.  She always brought up her church and Jesus and asked me questions about my religion – I didn’t know the answers. At this point, I realized though that I should be more like her and not afraid to talk about God to others. I really wanted to have a stronger faith like hers and I realized I should not be afraid/uncomfortable about it like I was. I talked to her about it and she said let’s pray. So, we sat at my kitchen table and she said a prayer and I remember telling God I wanted to know Him and be closer to Him. After, we both cried for awhile she went home and I went about my day, but I felt very peaceful all day. The next day I went for a walk by myself because Vicki couldn’t go that day. I noticed it was like I had landed in Oz and all the colors were more vivid and brighter and I noticed the birds singing and I was so full of joy! I didn’t know what had happened but I felt like my “ON” switch had been flipped on.  I had a great urge to learn about Jesus and I wanted to learn what to do to please Him.  For months I read books trying to learn everything I could about God. I went to all the extra things they had at St. William that I thought I could learn something. I read the whole Bible in a year and I joined the Bible study group here at St. William.  Then, I was reading a book that told me about the Eucharist I got so excited when I started to realize what the Eucharist was. I went out to the living room where Ross was and I told him I thought he needed to be able to take the Eucharist!  We had been going to Mass every week since 911 but he couldn’t go to Communion and I guess God had been working on my husband, too, because he mentioned something about maybe going to RCIA. I got a bulletin out from the last Saturday night and RCIA was starting the next week!  I called and signed us up. I went through RCIA with him in 2006. RCIA for the first seven weeks is the same as the Jesus is Lord class so what you are learning now is what I learned.  We sat in the front row every week and as he learned about being a Catholic I learned all about my faith as an adult.  I remember at every class we attended, I learned so much! Even though I had a Catholic education, I was getting all my questions answered. My relationship with Jesus was growing and as I was understanding the Gospel, my love for Jesus was growing just like I had prayed for.  I went to Confession after 35 years and it was so wonderful to feel completely forgiven. When I took the Eucharist then I knew it was the Body and Blood of Christ that I was given. The heavenly manna.  Who can be worthy of this miracle, nobody! Yet, it happens probably every second somewhere around the world in the Catholic Church!  Jesus always is giving us Himself in the Eucharist.

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Now, I have pointed my life in God’s direction.   My life is full of trying to do God’s will and not mine. Well, at least I try.  I know now why I’m here on this earth, what my purpose is… to love and serve God and that following God’s will is the only things that will make us happy because God created us and knows how we work much better than we know ourselves. My husband Ross became a Catholic that year and our faith has brought us closer.  Ross and I both found our faith through RCIA  & Jesus is Lord class, and we continue to be involved in it because it helps us not only stay close to God but we love watching others go through this process.  I think our son still doesn’t believe in God, but I know that someday he will need God because we all need Him. And as he turns to God, I hope to be able to help him to find his faith, too.

SURRENDER TO CHRIST

CRUCIFIX AND ROCKS: Pick a rock – this rock represents you {some rocks may be dirty, pointy, have rough edges, etc.}. Think and reflect on this evening’s talk. As Catholics, we aren’t always afforded the opportunity to “say” yes even though our godparents did so on our behalf. Tonight is our chance to say Lord Jesus, I come to you as I am and I say yes. You can say whatever you like. There is no right way to do it. Say a prayer or meditate on Christ’s work on the Cross while looking at the Crucifix. This is an opportunity to willingly and purposefully give your life to Christ and surrender to His will for your life. It’s not meant to churn emotions, but it’s ok if that happens. We are responding to what Jesus did for us on the Cross. Place rock in the basket after you have finished. Take as much time as you need.

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SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

  • PRAYER
  • QUESTIONS
  1. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE HOMEWORK? {read and share why}
  2. ANY COMMENTS ON PRAYING FOR YOUR PARTNER?
  3. WHAT STRUCK YOU ABOUT THE PRESENTATION?
  4. DOES ANYONE WANT TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THE ROCKS AND THE CROSS?
  • STUDY:  Read Mark 1:1-20; Revelation 3:14-22; Mark 9:42-50.

SUMMARY

Homework is to be done daily – reflect on Scripture and Salvation: God’s Solution for Sin through the week. If you are in a group, pair up two or three and commit to pray daily for your prayer partner. Small groups come together for a few minutes of question and answer in the large group. If you have any questions, please leave a comment in the combox below so that we can help in any way possible.

CONCLUSION

Prayer of Abandonment

Father,
I abandon myself into Your hands;
do with me what You will.
Whatever You may do, I thank You:
I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only Your will be done in me,
and in all Your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to You with all the love of my heart,
for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into Your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for You are my Father.

Charles de Foucauld

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