Baptismal calling – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A
June 25, 2023
Faith Circles 2023 (Year A), Faith Circles
(Gospel of Sunday, 2 July 2023)
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.
‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.
‘Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man because he is a holy man will have a holy man’s reward.
‘If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.’
Homily of Pope St John Paul II
(30 June 1996, Translated from Italian, Excerpt)
“You too, consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive for God, in Christ Jesus” ( Rom 6:11 )
Dear brothers and sisters, every disciple is called to be an apostle of the Gospel, by virtue of baptism, which the apostle Paul told us about in his Letter to the Romans. Christ “lost his life” and received it renewed by the Father, to pour it out, in the Holy Spirit, on all who believe in him. His “baptism” into death (cf. Lk 12:50 ) is the beginning of our baptism , his resurrection, the principle for us of a journey of new life, centered on the relationship with him, which gives fullness of meaning and value to every other human bond.
Dear friends, let us turn our gaze to the Virgin Mary: She was “baptized” in the paschal mystery of Christ from the first moment of her conception: this is why she is the Immaculate Conception. Our invocation goes to her, so that she may obtain for us to sing the mercy of the Lord at all times.
What stood out to you from the Gospel or Reflection/Homily?
Head: What does it mean to you to be an “apostle of the Gospel”
Heart: Why is it difficult to “prefer” Jesus over everyone and everything else?
Hands: Who do you have a difficult time “welcoming” and what do you do to overcome these challenges?
Spend some time in prayer with one another:
Conscious of what has just been shared, members briefly name/ describe their prayer needs.
Intentionally call on the Holy Spirit to be present (e.g. “Come Holy Spirit, please be present as we pray”)
Offer prayers of thanks and praise to God.
Pray for each others’ prayer needs. Where appropriate, you may like to encourage the group to place a hand on the shoulder of the individual that you are currently praying for.
Conclude your prayer time with another prayer of praise, perhaps praying the ‘Glory Be’
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.