Sharing our Faith

Last Sunday we heard in the Gospel how Jesus set himself to teach the crowd at some length (Mark 6:34). This Sunday we hear about how Jesus feeds the crowd (John 6:1-15). This tells us something about the structure of the Mass where we gather to be nourished by first hearing God’s Word and then subsequently meeting Jesus in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian faith.

At the end of Mass we hear the words “Go in peace glorifying the Lord by your lives.” The question is how do we do that?

During the month of July the Gospel stories have been about faith and how people’s lives have been transformed by living intentionally.

Traditionally the whole question of sharing faith is something many of us do not feel comfortable with. Is there a way we can do this that is both non-threatening and could provide great assistance to others and enhance our own lives in the process?

Two years ago in 2016 as a parish we spent 4 Sundays reflecting on our experience of faith. Everyone in the parish was given time for individual reflection and then invited to have a conversation with those next to them at a level they felt comfortable with.

Therefore we would like to try something similar on the first and third Sundays in August. We are also fortunate that on the second Sunday of August we will have speakers from JoCare’s Intergenerational Programme which will provide a helpful link.

Hopefully the outcome will be that people will feel more comfortable in sharing their stories and if it is a faith story, even better.

Therefore the question for reflection and discussion next week will be:

How has God provided for you in your life?
Can you think of a specific example or time?

Fr Alan