JUNE 2019: BAPTISM – COURAGE TO BE DIFFERENT

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Introduction

During the month of June, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, or as it is known in the Latin language, Corpus Christi. The origin of this feast is connected to Saint Julian of Liege (1193-1258). She was a woman who had the courage to be different.

OPENING PRAYER

Invite a member of the BEC to say the opening prayer

OPENING HYMN

ALL THAT I AM

All that I am, all that I do,
All that I’ll ever have, I offer now to you. 

All that I dream, all that I pray,
All that I’ll ever make, I give to you today. 


Take and sanctify these gifts
For your honor, Lord.
Knowing that I love and serve you
Is enough reward. 


All that I am, all that I do,
All that I’ll ever have I offer now to you.
Take and sanctify these gifts
For your honour, Lord.
Knowing that I love and serve you
Is enough reward. 


All that I dream, all that I pray,
All that I’ll ever make, I give to you today. 

DIALOGUE

When she was 13 years old, Juliana entered the convent. When she was 16, she recurrently received the same vision when she knelt in prayer: She saw the moon hanging in mid-air, in the sky.  Although the moon was shining bright, there was a single black spot on it!  She thought that the vision was just her imagination, so she tried to forget about it by saying more prayers. Finally, Our Lord himself came to explain it to her. He said it was to show that the liturgical year of the Church would remain incomplete until the Blessed Body and Blood of Christ had a feast of its own. The Lord instructed her to work to establish a liturgical feast for the Holy Eucharist, to which she had a great devotion.

For 20 years the secret lay hidden in Juliana’s heart; she dared not reveal it to anyone, and yet an interior impulse urged her on so that she could not forget it. When Juliana was elected Mother Superior of the Augustinian Monastery soon after her election, she again had the vision of the moon with the black spot on it.  Now, she decided to share her secret with others who could give her some good advice.  Life was not easy for Juliana as many people did not believe her and there was a time when she forced to flee from her convent. After many years of trying, she finally convinced the bishop, the future Pope Urban IV, to create this special feast in honour of the Blessed Sacrament, where none had existed before. Soon after her death, Pope Urban instituted Corpus Christi for the Universal Church and celebrated it for the first time in 1264. Juliana was canonized in 1869 by Pius IX.

Buzz with the person next to you. Buzz a second time with another person.

  • Have you heard the story about St. Juliana before? In what way(s) did Saint Juliana show her courage to be different?
  • Have to ever had to face a situation or event where you had to have the courage to be different? If yes, share your experience(s).

DISCERNMENT

Mk 6: 45-51

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray. When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded.

Reflection:

  • READ the text aloud and LISTEN with openness.
  • READ it silently by yourself until a word or phrase touches or strikes you.
  • What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through the word or phrase? (write it down)
  • What do you say to the Lord in response to his Word? (write it down)
  • Share in small groups (3-4 persons)

Deeds:

  • In silence, sense within your heart a movement that invites you to listen to what the Lord is saying.
  • Is there something that you have to do or do you have to speak to someone but have been postponing or avoiding doing so?
  • As a missionary of Christ, what can you do with regards to the above, to have the courage to make a difference for the betterment of your family/BEC/parish/workplace/neighbourhood?

CLOSING PRAYER

Invite someone to say the concluding prayer

CLOSING HYMN

Take My Hands

Take my hands and make them as your own…
And use them for your kingdom here on earth…
Consecrate them to your care…
Anoint them for your service where…
You may need your Gospel to be sown.

Take my hands, they speak now for my heart… 
And by their actions they will show their love…
Guard them on their daily course…
Be their strength and guiding force…
To ever serve the Trinity above.
    

Take my hands, I give them to you, Lord…
Prepare them for the service of your name.
Open them to human need…
And by their love they’ll sow your seed…
So all may know the love and hope you gave.
Take my hands… Take my hands… Oh, Lord.



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