BPBC Session 8&9

The Big Picture Bible Course

Discussion of  Session 8 – New Life and Introduction to Session 9 Resurrection

Opening Prayer

  1. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
  2. And kindle in them the fire of your love.
  3. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
  4. And you will renew the face of the earth.

Let us Pray

Oh Christ Jesus, Our Lord Our God, Our Holy Redeemer, Our Saviour.
I thank you for this day, For your infinite Love,
Your forgiveness of sin, Your Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Our Redemption and Salvation.
For our Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary,
For Your saving Grace,
And all your gifts of Love
Amen.

Prayer of thanks to Jesus (Anonymous)

Discussion and Sharing

 DVD – Resurrection

Read the overview and then we’ll watch the DVD.

Good Digging

Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)

CCC 521 – Christ enabled us to live in Him, all that He Himself lived, and He lives it in us.  “By His Incarnation, He, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each man.”  We are called only to become one with Him, for He enables us as the members of his Body to share in what He lived for us in His flesh as our model.

Claude’s musings

Last week when we looked at the cross we saw all that Jesus had done for us.  This week we are looking at the New Life which Jesus calls us to and makes possible for us.  The question is how are we to live this life?

Here is a familiar verse from the Amplified Bible (which is a bit like a thesaurus bible).

John 3:16 – For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

I like the way the Amplified Bible expands the word “believe” into “trusts in, clings to, relies on” which reminds me of the image of Christ with the words “Jesus, I trust in You” given to St. Faustina.

This is a very good summary of how we are to live this life.

Jesus, I trust in You.”

 The Church is also our great help in this.  The sacraments prepare us and sustain us for the journey.  The sacrament of reconciliation calls us back to Christ and we receive Him in the Eucharist.  The Holy Spirit is our constant companion.

Enough words, just: believe in, trust in, cling to and rely on Him.

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