RCIA – the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation

1. How do you communicate love to someone? By my words and actions.

Matthew 8:1-3 – Jesus heals a leper

Luke 9: 12-17 – Jesus feeds the five thousand

Mark 10:13-16 – Jesus blesses the little children

John 9:6-7 – Jesus heals the man born blind

John 11:35-36 – Jesus weeps at the death of Lazarus

John 13:4 –  5- Jesus washed the feet of His disciples

John 20:21 – 22 – Jesus appears to the Apostles after His Resurrection

2. Name a way that God has used to communicate love to you. It could have been through a specific person or physical objects.  The little plant that grew in the dark. I came to know that God does His work in secret.

3. Read Exodus 12 and Deuteronomy 16:1 – 8. Name one symbol of the Passover and describe what it means. Unleavened bread which is the “bread of affliction” is to remind us that the people left Egypt in haste.

4, How would you develop a ritual to recall the encounter with God you wrote about on the previous page? Whenever I look at a plant or living thing, I remember that God has made it and I should care for and protect it.

5.Where and when would you have it?

6.What clothes and objects would you need?

7. Who would be there?

8. What would you do and say?

9. Choose one of the ways Jesus showed his love from the list on the previous page. How can you continue what Jesus did to become a sacrament for others? Several of those events are not repeatable. But I could “wash the feet” of others by doing for others what I would prefer not to do.

10. When you felt God’s love in the event you wrote down on page 2, how did you respond? With wonder and gratitude. And I wrote it down.

11. Look up these different ways that people responded to Jesus’ signs of love. Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:36-39, Luke 10:38-42, Luke 5:29. Name a way we can respond to the sacraments that will keep these signs of God’s love renewed in our hearts.  Accept the sacraments with thanksgiving and humility, recognizing that we don’t deserve this gift. Share Jesus’ love with others.