Catholics are known to have a very earthy, visceral approach to our faith life. Our readings this weekend illustrate that very well. Yes ,we are a religion of Wisdom, as the first reading suggests. However, Wisdom is not just detached knowledge. We are called to come to the table and “taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” St. Paul instructs us to understand and learn, but at the same time he calls us also to do the will of the Lord. As the Gospel states, Jesus is not just here to teach our minds but to be “living bread” for us.
There is something about knowing what to do and then doing it that go hand in hand very well in our faith. At Mass, we come to hear the Word but then also to share in the Eucharist. Mind, body and soul are together in one holistic experience.
One of the best ways we have of exploring this here at this parish is the JustFaith program. People sign up to be part of a small group that explores what it means to be a Catholic in the world today. Who are the poor? Why are they poor, and what can we do about it? How do we put flesh onto the bones of our faith?
Through videos, readings, prayer and discussion, people explore issues of justice and learn what he Church has to say about it. It is an open environment where the goal is for people to be comfortable and share their views in a safe, non-judgmental way. Groups will also periodically go on excursions to sample different approaches to service. The program lasts 30 weeks and roughly follows the school year. It will start in the third week of September and last (with breaks for holidays) until May.
Many people feel called to do something for the good of the world, but they are not sure what to do or how. This is a great way to take the time in a supportive environment to learn what is out there and discern which piece you might be called to do.
Morning and evening sessions are in the works. JustFaith groups have been a great experience for married couples to spend quality time with their spouse. The morning sessions can also be a great thing to do after dropping off your children at school. It can be difficult to meet other people at such a large parish, and the small group setting of JustFaith allows people to get to know each other very well.
Sign-ups are still underway, but this is the last call! If you are interested in participating in Just Faith in 2012-13, contact Sheila Read at 919-847-8205 ext. 420, firstname.lastname@example.org.