THE GIFT OF THE GOOD NEWS
In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist calls on people to get themselves ready for the coming of Jesus. If they want to hear the message Jesus brings and to follow him, some preparation will be necessary – they need to repent and be baptised in the waters of the river Jordan.
We all know of people who seem to be searching for something in their lives, some direction or purpose that eludes them. Maybe a simple word from us might arouse in them an interest in why we are Catholic and what it is to be Catholic.
Our Parish has a team ready to help anyone interested in Catholicism, or thinking about becoming Catholic. Between now and Ash Wednesday, 14 February 2018, we would like to meet with as many people as possible who may have expressed to any of you, an interest in our Faith. They may find what they are looking for in our 2018 OCIA programme.
Over the past year, we have journeyed with five people, now all joined with us in the Catholic Faith. This is what John, a lifelong Christian from another tradition, says:
The Catholic Faith has so much to offer all of us challenged by the pace of modern life – insecurity; work pressure; the tensions of family life; and a sense of aloneness in an empty, indifferent world. The sacredness and power of the Sacraments have provided a reassuring sense of solace, peace and security. God has become more real and alive, and life has become more meaningful and manageable.
Jane, who was received into the Catholic Church on the Feast of Christ the King last year, says:
God is active, personal and above all present to each of us. Indeed, the world is charged with the grandeur of God so that, as St Ignatius of Loyola said, we may know God more easily and make a return of love more readily. Our faith calls us to search out and find God in all things – in every person, in every place, in everything.
Please be courageous and tell people about our Catholic faith. If they seem interested, ask permission to give their name and contact information to Marie at the Parish Office. A team member will contact them promptly.
Today’s readings encourage us to reform our lives while maintaining the joyful expectation that Christ will bring us the salvation we long for. Whatever our struggles, his coming brings us peace. Let’s share this Good News!
The St Teresa’s Team for The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA)