Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Help Me Accept 

Lord Jesus Christ, Bread of Life,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on me, a sinner.
The time is nearing when I'll join you
in your last supper, the Eucharist.
Lord, help me accept the mystery
of your body and your blood;
help me accept your presence
in the wine and in the bread and
within me.

We talked all around commandments 6 and 9 at RCIA last night. It's a difficult topic, adultery and chastity, especially in our culture. We discussed how it will be to talk these issues out with a priest in Confession. We talked about Desperate Housewives ("there you go, just don't do any of that"). Our teacher made it clear that divorce does not mean you can't be a communing member of the Catholic Church -- it is re-marriage without an annulment that will result in that. We talked about birth control and infertility. Our teacher read John 8, about the woman taken in adultery. She pointed out that Jesus did not condemn the woman, but forgave her. She also read Romans 13:12-13
The night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.

It was a good meeting, as all have been lately. We are nearing Lent and the final push is on to join the church at Easter. I need to accept the concepts I am still struggling to accept (see the opening prayer of this post) and spend more time in prayer getting ready.

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