Brothers and sisters:
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of Our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen”
(I Th. 1:2-4).
St. Paul is able to give thanks to God for each one, sinners seeking God’s mercy, because he knows firsthand how each of us is a “work in progress.” Our lives take many turns and we make choices good as well as bad; and God works through it all. All things work for good for those who love the Lord. So St. Paul, who considered himself the “least of the apostles” because he “persecuted” the Body of Christ in its members, recognizes the good that is working in each by God’s grace and mercy. He reminds us, imperfect and weak though we are, that we are chosen from something great. We are God’s children now; what we shall later be has not come to light. Meanwhile, we strive like St. Paul to esteem the person of everyone without exception. Each is chosen and called.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is an exciting journeying together in faith with those who are seeking the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation as adults. It is inspiring and encouraging to witness the beautiful and mysterious ways God’s love works through the paths of our lives and of our brothers and sisters. The Church recently affirmed the place of the “sign of peace” at Mass and reminded us of the proper understanding. As members of Christ’s Body we are offering His peace to those around us. It is a solemn moment in which we are reminded of what so struck St. Paul: how we treat the members of Christ is how we treat Christ Himself!
In Christ, son of Mary,