Prayer and Reflection
Almighty and eternal God,
you keep together those you have united.
Look kindly on all who follow Jesus your Son.
We are all consecrated to you by our common baptism;
make us one in the fullness of faith
and keep us one in the fellowship of love.
(Prayer for Various Occasions: for Unity of Christians)
Our lives are marked by many different experiences of being welcomed into new situations and groups.
We recognise the importance of welcome, of feeling comfortable with new situations and belonging to new groups. We belong to families, to work places and to social groupings.
What experiences of belonging can you recall in the family, at work or in leisure time?
Are these good experiences? Are there any difficulties?
What difference does ‘belonging’ make in your life?
Word of God - Scripture
“The next day, John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi (which translated means ‘Teacher’), where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.” (John 1:35-39)
The response to being chosen
‘The Call of Samuel’ and ‘David is Chosen’
Jesus calls his apostles
The Sacrament of Confirmation
The call of Confirmation
Living in the light
The witness of a Christian call – Sean Devereux
Remembering, celebrating and responding to being chosen and the Sacrament of Confirmation: a call to witness