Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 27th to 31st Sundays in Ordinary Time

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Although a less prominent theme than in Luke, Jesus’s final journey to Jerusalem serves in Mark as the framework for his final teachings about what life in the kingdom/reign of God is like. If we are to “follow” him on the way to cross and resurrection, what … [Read more...]

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 22nd to 26th Sundays in Ordinary Time

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Back to Mark after several weeks of John’s “bread of life discourse,” which explored the relationship between Jesus and the individual believer. Up until this interruption we had been seeing Jesus and his disciples proclaiming in Galilee the arrival of God’s … [Read more...]

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 18th to 21st Sundays in Ordinary Time

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Background:This Sunday’s selection does not follow directly upon last Sunday’s since the crossing of the lake by Jesus has been omitted; that is why the crowd has to get into boats to see if he is on the other side. He had had to escape from them because they wanted to … [Read more...]

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 13th to 17th Sundays in Ordinary Time

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Once again words have power: over nature, as we saw last Sunday, and now over disease and death. But only if we have faith and trust in the power of God at work for us in Jesus. As the Book of Wisdom says, “death entered the world through sin,” and sin … [Read more...]

The journey toward becoming an RCIA catechist

For a few weeks now, we have been exploring the ministry of catechist and specifically what the Directory for Catechesis calls for in the formation of catechists. If you have read the entire series—and especially if you read the sections of the Directory upon which I based the articles in the … [Read more...]