With the Easter holidays over and children returned to school, the build up to Easter and all its magnificence can seem a long way away. Life also seems to return to the mundane, but not for Christians, and especially not for those who experience the RCIA process in their parish, for we are in the midst of the post-baptismal Mystagogia.
Just saying the word ‘Mystagogy’, conjures up images of 2000 years of history, history that is recounted in our Sunday scriptures as we work through Acts and hear an unfolding of the mystery that is God.
How have we: community and new catholics, deepened our understanding of the paschal mystery, during this post easter period? The Rite [RCIA 234] tells us that we do it together through:
- Meditating on the Gospel
- Sharing in the eucharist
- And doing works of charity
While attending Sunday Mass can accommodate all of the above, the Rite specifically recognises the significance of this time. See RCIA 236 and how ‘the neophytes with the help of their godparents should experience a full and joyful welcome into the community’. This is a time of special joy and in our Gospel (5th Sunday of Easter) we are taught that by the love we show to each other, everyone will know we are Christ’s disciples (John 13:35)9.
- Use the Bidding prayers to pray for the new catholics: children and adults;
- Specifically invite children, their godparents and their families to join in parish events with the adult neophytes;
- Give all the new catholics the chance to reflect on their experience of the Easter Vigil, and to ask questions;
- If you haven’t yet introduced them to keeping a spiritual journal, this is a good time;
- As a team, have a checklist of how your parish provides opportunities for meditating on the Gospel, sharing eucharist and doing works of charity;
- Let them know what further support will be available as they journey in the extended Mystagogia, to the anniversary of their baptism [RCIA 240].
*Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults