10-8-2017 Faith - Our Response to God's Revelation

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
October 8, 2017—27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
Is 5:1-7; Ps 80:9, 12-16, 19-20; Phil 4:6-9; Mt 21:33-43
“[W]hatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phil 4:8)
FAITH - OUR RESPONSE TO GOD*
What qualities do the people you trust have that allows you to give them your trust?

God is Truth and Love. How do you respond to God’s Love and Truth in your life? Is there any reason that prevents you from trusting and committing yourself to God?

Faith is God’s gift of revealing and calling us individually and communally into a loving relationship with God and with one another. Faith is also our free response and adherence to the whole truth that God has revealed. "By faith, we are able to give our minds and hearts to God, to trust in his will, and to follow the direction he gives us." (USCCA, p. 37)

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1). Through our faith we are certain that nothing can separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:35-39).

Jesus said, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20:29). “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8).

It is God’s revelation that we profess individually and communally in the Creed, and we celebrate in the sacraments.

However, faith is more than mere belief. We express our faith through how we live—through the choices we make, our worship and prayer, our treatment of others, our witnessing to our faith. As St. James said, “faith without works is dead” (Jas 2:14-26). Through faith we respond to God’s twofold commandment to love our God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love one another as God loves us. When we love each other as God loves us, we respond to the call that we see one another through God’s eyes.

*U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 4.
Reflect on Your Experience
What does your lifestyle say about what and who you trust and believe?

What will help you to grow deeper in your trust and faith in God and the Church?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

Videos

"What Faith Is, and What Faith Isn't" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Additional Comments on What Faith Is and What Faith Isn't" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Bring About the Obedience of Faith" (EWTN)

"Man's Response to God" - CCC Nos. 142-184 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

Music

"I Surrender" (Hillsong)
"All to Jesus - I Surrender"
"We Walk by Faith"

Rites, Symbols, & Practices

"From Mass to Mission - The Liturgy of the Eucharist"

A Daily Prayer Reflection ("Sacred Space" from Irish Jesuits)

Reflection
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