Imagine you were able to enter into a relationship with the most loving caring person in the world. Imagine this person loved you for who you are the good and the bad. Imagine this person called to you daily in all that you do and say, inviting you to join with him and his family in a community of sharing, of giving, of willing the good of each other. Imagine a relationship where you were totally accepted for the person you are. Imagine a relationship that fills that void, that longing in your heart, that just doesn’t seemed to get filled by the power, the prestige, or the other trappings of this world. Imagine having a personal intimate relationship with God himself.
On September 23 we are embarking on an encounter to “Experience” just what this type of relationship would look like in our lives. For many of us, raised as traditional cultural Catholics, we have not been directly asked over the course of our Catholic formation to look at what a personal relationship with Jesus our Christ looks like. We were taught our Catechism, went to Church on Sunday, helped out in the community when we could, gave money to the Church and hoped and prayed that we were doing enough to get by St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Never did we imagine that if we opened our hearts and listened that we could enter into the most fulfilling loving relationship imagined with our Lord and our Savior.
For the past few years, we have been hearing more and more about “The New Evangelization.” Our diocesan leaders have begun to talk about “discipleship” and “missionary discipleship.” This ChristLife series will begin to answer some of the questions you may have about all of this. I am excited to begin this process with you as we experience and explore together our Father in Heaven’s love for us. We will explore why he created us, what he hopes to share with us, and his plan of salvation for us. We will be introduced to his greatest gift of all to us, his Son Jesus. Finally, in part one of the series, we will explore the role of the Holy Spirit, the love that flows between the Father and the Son, and how the Holy Spirit enables us to interact with Jesus and in each in the Body of Christ.
During the course of the seven week period, I would like to use this medium as a discussion forum where we can interact with the topics introduced in our weekly videos. It will give us all a chance to ask questions, make comments and share experiences about the topics discussed in the videos and in our small groups. During my past experiences with these topics I have found that the interaction between the participants to be the driving force behind the programs. We need to help each other learn together, discern together, and most importantly grow together as a united Body of Christ.
During our first session we will be discussing “What is the meaning of life?” Why did our Father in Heaven create us and how does having a personal relationship with him help to fill that void in our hearts. I look forward to moving forward with all of you and invite you to interact with each other as we progress.
Questions to consider from Session One
1. Do you believe your life is accidental or an intentional creation? How does this impact your attitude towards life?
2. What was a significant point from Dave’s talk for you?
3. What is the meaning of your life?
4. Why do you think people don’t consider the purpose of their life?