I never got confirmed in the Catholic Church or in any church for that matter. I never got the chance to say yes or no to active duty. I never sat through Confirmation classes where teachers explained the faith to me or gave me some inkling about what it meant to be a so-called “new creation,” what it meant for my identity both in and out of the church. No one ever told me that church community was important, that crossing the threshold into new life with God had anything to do with anyone else but me. In my interpretation, I was still the center of the universe. Even if it was God’s.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!
—2 Corinthians 5:17 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Forgive me when I am reluctant to engage as you call me to do. Surround me with a faith community that encourages and challenges me to participate in God’s unfolding drama.
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