Life has been conspiring to wake me up to the significance of wonder in human life − and therefore liturgy. I have to confess that I think I had become a bit ‘ho-hum’ about everything. This is not a good approach to life for one who professes to live in relationship with Jesus.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is one of the Church’s most amazing treasures. It is the process by which we as a community accompany adults who feel called by God to become members of the Catholic Church. The Church envisages RCIA as the centre of parish life; the model of life and ministry.
Circumstances over several months, both delightful and challenging, have been pushing me to consider more deeply, what it means to be catholic, both personally and for us together. I could phrase the question along the lines of the Gospel: ‘Who do I say I am?’ and ‘Who do we say we are?’ I am not considering so much what I say with words, that’s easy. What I am considering is what I say with my life, day in and day out. What follows is something of what I have been pondering.
The Tuesday evening of Holy Week, 7.00pm in the Sacred Heart Cathedral. It is an amazing liturgy. People gather from all over the diocese. They come by bus and car and by 6.30pm the cathedral and its precinct are full of people, all catching up and preparing to be part of this most significant celebration of our faith.