Catechetical Sunday 2014 – Is It Just About Catechists?

catechetical-sunday-2014This Sunday the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday. The root word, “catechesis,” is from the Greek word meaning “to echo, or resound.” Catechesis is the act of bringing the Church’s teachings to the world.  In many parishes, including Saint John Bosco, those designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry in the parish community.

Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on faith and being a witness to the Gospel. After all, we are all called to holiness – and we help each another to be holier as we allow our relationship with the Lord grow deeper each day.  As our relationship with the Lord deepens it has an impact on the way we speak, the choices we make, and the way we live our life.

From the time that we were little children people have been passing on faith to us. For most of us it was our parents who planted the seeds of faith into our hearts by their words as well as their example.  They taught us how to love and forgive, how to pray, and how trust that God will be with us in every moment of life.  The religious objects that were in our homes while growing up – crucifixes, prayer books, and religious pictures helped make that faith tangible.  Be sure to say a prayer of thanks to God for the gift of faith that your parents planted deep within you.

During our formative years those seeds of faith planted were nurtured by teachers in the Catholic school, or the Religious Education classes we attended. As we matured, hopefully our faith matured.  Giving us the ability to make decision based upon what we came to realize are the moral values that enable us to discern right from wrong.  Take a few minutes to give thanks to God for the witness of those who helped your faith mature.  Teachers, Sister, priests, grandparents, peers, and others who stand out as role models of what it means to live a life rooted in the Lord Jesus.

We must do what others have done for us – pass on faith to those who are a part of the fiber of our life. So, if we are going to give real witness to our faith, then we must be people of prayer.  Prayer opens us up to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of those we give witness to by the example of our life.  Being open to the Spirit allows us to see God’s presence in our life – and in the lives of those we journey with each day.

I encourage you to find time and space each day to talk with God. It may mean visiting the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel or taking a walk down the parkway.  What about saying a decade of the rosary on the way to the store, practice or Mass?  It is nice to find a quiet place to be with God, but even the interruptions of life can be turned into moments or occasions of prayer.

As Saint Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words!”

Question – Who was instrumental in passing on faith to you? How are you passing on faith to those who are important in your life?

September 17th, 2014 |