MARCH 2018 : HOPE: IN CHRIST WE HAVE PASSION FOR MISSION

MARCH 2018

HOPE: IN CHRIST WE HAVE PASSION FOR MISSION

+ PRAY THE PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY (p.24)

Focus:  In Christ we discover the purpose of our existence and He is the source of our passion for sharing the Good News to those around us

 

INTRODUCTION

During Lent, we prepare to receive our very source of hope and joy in Christ’s death and resurrection. We are also called to share that joy with all of God’s children. Just as the apostles shared their joy, ALL OF US as missionary disciples are commissioned to share the Good News in our words and deeds.(PMPT Core Team)

 

OPENING SONG: GALILEE SONG

Deep within my heart I feel

voices whispering to me . . .

Words that I can’t understand

Meanings I must clearly hear

Calling me to follow close

Lest I leave myself behind

Calling me to walk into

Evening shadows one more time.

 

Refrain:

So, I leave my boats behind.

Leave on familiar shores.

Set my heart upon the deep.

Follow you again, my Lord.

 

In my memories I know

How you send familiar rains;

Falling gently on my days

Dancing patterns on my pain.

And I need to learn once more

In the fortress of my mind;

To believe in falling rain

As I travel deserts dry.

 

 

 

 

DIALOGUE

Humming softly, Ann Marie made her way to the food-court for lunch. She was in high spirits

Having attended Holy Mass prior to her starting work, that day. Having ordered her meal, she found an empty seat and sat down to wait for her order.

“Hello, is this seat taken?” a lady’s voice inquired. “Oh no, you may sit here”, Ann Marie replied and her order arrived. As she was about to start on her lunch, she noticed the unhappy demeanour of the lady’s face.

“I’m Ann Marie, may I know your name? Looking at her with sad eyes she replied,

“ I’m Mai Wah”.

Sensing that all was not well with Mai Wah, she struck up a conversation just to cheer her up.

“Ann Marie, share your secret of happiness with me. Your face tells me that!”

Eagerly Ann Marie shared the recent events in her life which made her the person she is. She narrated her being baptized in the Catholic Church on the last Easter Vigil, her joyous encounter

with Jesus and the transformation of her outlook of life.

Her sharing made a huge impact on Mai Wah, whose “ Wow…that’s amazing”, opened the door to Ann Marie to broach the topic of RCIA and invite Mai Wah to attend the sessions. Mai Wah’s initial hesitation was brushed aside by Ann Marie’s overwhelming assurance that she would accompany her and support her all the way.

The ladies exchanged contact numbers and addresses and parted on their separate ways. Ann Marie was exuberant with joy at being able to introduce Jesus to Mai Wah and literally whistled all the way back to her work place. Her simple greeting to Mai Wah might be the greatest blessing to her new friend.

 

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

  • What struck you from the unexpected encounter between Ann Marie and Mai Wai
  • Share an experience when you witnessed Christ to someone

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DISCERNMENT

Biblical Text: 1 Pet 3: 13 – 15

  1. Ask the Holy Spirit for openness to be enlightened and empowered by Christ
  2. Read the text two or three times
  3. Be in silence with the text – read silently on your own
  4. What words or phrase caught your attention? Write it down

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  1. (Choose only one from # 4): What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? Write it down

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  1. Share in small groups (3-4 persons) on #4 and #5

 

DEEDS

“Even if it may seem that you are getting yourself dirty or stained, get involved,” Francis said, noting that today we are called upon to be brave and have evangelical courage.

“We cannot be Christians who continually put up ‘do not enter’ signs, nor can we consider that this space is mine or yours alone, or that we can claim ownership of something that is absolutely not ours.

The Church is not ours, she is God’s; He is the owner of the temple and the field; everyone has a place, everyone is invited to find here, and among us, his or her nourishment.” (Homily of Pope Francis, at the Enrique Olaya Herrera airport of Medellin, Sept. 9, 2017)

 

Pope Francis says, ‘to follow Jesus in such a way as to go to what is essential, to be renewed, and to get involved. These are three attitudes that must form us as missionary disciples’.

  • What can we do to exercise this attitude of ‘getting involved” in our lives?

 

 

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis calls us to care for our common home. This is our opportunity for us to live Lent by engaging in common actions that benefit our environment.

  • What must we change to make our environment a cleaner, safer, and healthier place to live in?

 

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CONCLUDING PRAYER: (Invite members of the BEC to pray spontaneously)

 

 

CONCLUDING SONG:

I WILL SERVE YOU (SYPG N.30)

I will serve you because I love you

You have given life to me

I was nothing until you found me

You have given life to me

Heartaches broken people

Ruined lives are why you died on Calv’ry

Your touch is what I long for

You have given life to me

(2x)

Heartaches broken people

Ruined lives are why you died on Calv’ry

Your touch is what I long for

You have given life to me

 

OR

Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service

(https://youtu.be/So9Va9L8N8E)

 

Food for the Journey: To be read at Home(On we are always “missionary disciples”)

Church Document Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of The Gospel, no. 120

In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19).

All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients.

The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.

Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are always “missionary disciples”.

 

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