You may have seen the notice for RCIA on our common bulletin pages the past few weeks. It is a reminder to all members of our combined parishes to take time to pray for those who do not know the Lord or the practice of the Catholic faith and invite others to become Catholic. Many may be thinking, “Why me, don’t we have people at the church who are responsible for that?” Inviting others to RCIA is larger than any one or two people on staff – it is the responsibility of every baptized person, for in our baptism we joined in the mission of the Catholic Church: to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. For many it begins in our family as one generation passes the gift of faith onto another. As we grow in faith through religious education, attendance at Mass, reception of the sacraments and life experience, we become true disciples of Jesus Christ. Knowing who we are as Christians includes the responsibility of sharing our faith in Jesus Christ with others. As you wonder about how to do that - I want you to know – you already are! You are helping others to know Jesus Christ when you love God, your family, your neighbor. Living a Christian life that reflects God’s love to the world teaches others the faith that you live. Those who do not know Jesus Christ and his Church are often drawn to know more as they witness how you live and how you love others. Having taught RCIA for many years, I have often heard the participants say that they saw something in a member of the Catholic Church that they wanted for themselves. They had a desire to know more about why Catholics are so connected to Jesus Christ. They witnessed in members of the Church a desirable life. You, as a baptized Catholic, become for others a model of Christ’s love. You influence others to know Jesus by your words and your actions. Each of us needs to open our minds and our hearts to the work of evangelizing – bringing others to Christ. We must pray for the opportunity to invite others to consider membership in the Catholic Church. That may be in a subtle way as you are in conversation with colleagues, neighbors, co-workers, or it might be an outright question to another, “Have you ever thought about becoming Catholic?” Be brave and bold in proclaiming your Christian life and be gentle and inviting as you reach out to others. Together, we can build the Kingdom of God right here in our One in Christ Area Catholic Community. Pray about this and ask God to present the right time and place for the conversation that may result in another coming to know his Son, Jesus Christ. Have a blessed week, Deb Rudolph
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC