Last night I FINALLY had my first RCIA class!!! Let me tell you what a test of patience that was waiting since I first signed up back in the springtime. Very well worth the wait though.
Last night’s class was basically an introductory class. The woman that was at the head of it and her assistant are very wonderful women, and much like everyone else, have very interesting life paths that led them to St. Anne’s and God. I love hearing everyone’s individual stories because each one is unique in its own right. Some people get directed by a person or family member, some people get a pull (like I did), and some people are led there through tragic circumstances like a death of a loved one, etc.
I loved hearing about how my Priest got the calling at an extremely young age, and for all of the wrong reasons! LMAO! I have to laugh because it was funny to hear the reasoning of a young child, in the middle of 6 brothers and sisters in an Irish Catholic family, wanting to be a man of the cloth. The not so funny was to hear his struggles with his faith as a teenager coming into manhood. It was relatable, and that’s what I liked so much about it. He’s not this unique Godly perfect person. He’s a human being just like you and me. I think sometimes, we Lay people, forget that. We put priests on such a high pedestal (rightly so) that we forget that they were once just like you and me.
After the introductions of our guides for RCIA, Father read the first passage of this coming Sunday’s Gospel:
At that time, John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward
We were instructed to listen and then speak about what we were hearing in that message. Ok, first of all, I’m going to put this out there that reading comprehension was NOT my strong suit in school! I also struggle in that I read The Bible like a book so I picture this journey in my mind, so to pick out a message is kinda hard for me. Not impossible but I felt I missed the mark on this one! I told Father that I hear don’t shun others because they don’t believe what you believe.
Now while that’s not totally wrong because it’s the message that “I” hear; the take away is actually much deeper and it’s about judgment. Don’t judge others because you have this notion that you are better at doing or being and someone that is doing something smaller for your cause is just as important as you are. In this case, his disciples have this grand notion that they will be his top dogs so how dare a lesser person threaten that by doing something small to help Jesus’ “movement”. Jesus tells them to embrace them because we are all in this together basically.
THIS, my friend, is exactly WHY I want to be in RCIA; to understand what it is I’m reading so that I can continue with my life in Christ Jesus properly. To broaden and deepen my faith, and to hopefully be touched by God so that I know my purpose here on Earth because I can tell you it’s not about this rat race, there is something deeper I feel I need to be doing. I just cannot hear or see it just yet, at least I don’t think I can. I did have a moment in the car this morning on the way back from my kidney CT scan, but I’ll save that for another post.
My homework for our next meeting is to put together my journey story. Though I already know it and I know just where and when and how God touched my life for all reasons bad and good. Now I just have to put it to paper using the Journey of Faith handout that they gave us.
I’m looking forward to seeing what that unfolds.
So tell me! Have you ever been through RCIA? Thinking about it? What’s your faith journey look like? Please tell me! I love hearing other peoples’ stories.