August 5th, 2018
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Christianity is about 2000 years young in contrast to Islam which is about 1300 years old. What makes Christianity a young religion? It is its ability to continuously renew itself.
If we look at the Christianity of the first century AD it is very different from the Christianity of today; just as if we compare the people of first century AD they are very different from the people of 21st century. Reviewing the history of Christianity one finds that the Church has had its share of sins, abuses, scandals and wrongdoings. It is similar to the history of humanity with all its inhumanity, injustices, racisms, discriminations, prejudices, bigotries and so on. However, the Church finds the courage and strength to correct the wrongs and continues to do so in the midst of many challenges. That is the working of the Holy Spirit. Lots of times we lose sight of it and become cynical or discouraged.
Although the Christianity of today may look different, its faith and teachings have not changed substantially. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Being a Christian basically means accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior.
Christianity is the Good News of salvation. It spreads from people to people, from family to family, from friends to friends. Do we not want to share good news with family and friends? It is this sharing of the Good News, led by the Holy Spirit, that keeps Christianity a young religion.
RCIA, too, is sharing our faith with others! It is the mission/task of the entire parish. It is not limited to the priest or the RCIA team in the parish. We are beginning RCIA in the parish. I am inviting every member to get involved in it.
RCIA meets on Wednesday at 6:30 PM and on Sundays after the 10:30 AM Mass. If you are invited to share your faith, please do not hesitate, but, willingly embrace the opportunity. Also, take time to meet the candidates and make them feel welcome.
Kindly pray for the RCIA members and the team leaders that this faith journey will lead them all to an encounter with the living Lord, Jesus Christ. May Mary, the mother of Jesus, and all the saints assist us with their prayers!
— Father Augustine