My RCIA Journey
Post date: Apr 30, 2015 4:53:24 PM
There are plentiful mentions of the fruit of the spirit as stated by Paul in his famous Galatians passage, and these were indeed the seeds that I’d been entrusted with after completing my RCIA journey, with its conclusion during the Easter Vigil. There was the humility amongst us elects as we diligently attended the RCIA and BOW sessions to learn from the seniors’ past experiences of their journey with God. There was the kind teasing between us elects as we waited in anticipation for the eventual lead up to baptism. Everyone displayed controlled excitement as we practiced our moves so that we would not wear our robes the wrong way. We placed patient faith and trust, believing that our spiritual parents, the RCIA committee members, as well as the Fathers, would guide us smoothly through the entire process with minimal glitches. Finally we were brimming over with love joy as we completed the ceremony, as could be evidenced by our eager runs to share our candle flames to other members of the congregation.
At the year-long RCIA and Breaking of the Word (BOW) sessions I’d attended with other elects, we’d come to appreciate the gravity of discipleship with God. There were plentiful times I questioned the wisdom, timing and motives behind this decision of mine, before I finally isolated all unnecessary thoughts to focus on the main point. That Jesus Christ had loved God the Heavenly Father to abide his plans, and loved me enough to suffer death at the cross. Was I willing to uphold love on such a covenantal level, regardless of He has in store for the rest of my life? Jesus had made this point blank clear in Mark 8:34, saying “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”. As harsh as this relinquishing of control over our own life may sound at first glance, he also has promised aplenty times the joys of this sacrifice. Thus, I’ll conclude this with a few of his well-known verses in relation to this.
I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:9-10)
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. (John 10:28)