Yesterday evening was the second of the sessions sponsored by our Community during which we’re previewing ChristLife’s “Discovering Christ” program. Again, about 30 joy-filled Catholics involved in various apostolates (CCR, parishes, youth ministry, men’s movement, etc) responded to our invitation.
With Walt absent due to a last-minute family emergency (just plumbing), Jim Gialanella led the discussion after a time of prayer and praise. The group viewed the second DVD in the series entitled “ Why Does Jesus Matter,” by Father Erik Arnold. Following the DVD presentation, the group discussed the video.
Some of the impressive qualities of the program which were highlighted by those in attendance:
- Creative use of technology/media again noted, especially with the quick “man on the street” question – “Who do you say Jesus Christ is?” This helped look at all perspectives of answers.
- The presentation is geared to meet today’s “modern mind.”
- This session, like the first “What is the Meaning of Life,” was genuinely provocative. To consider the question, “Who is Jesus Christ” was inescapable. The unsettling question was suggested to those present who supposedly have already discovered Christ, “do they act like they really found Him and know Him?”
- The provocative presentation gives participants a reason to continue.
- While there was a question regarding the need for more background for the answer to the Question “Who Is Jesus Christ,” it was generally agreed that too much information too soon is counter productive. The presentation struck just the right balance between inquiry and information. To dwell too much on this is to begin to question the Providence of God to act unless the informational level is perfect.
Some of the challenges that were surfaced:
- The necessity to have share groups arranged by gender, youth, age was seen by several as not extremely necessary.
- Attracting participants was again part of the discussion. Representatives of Our Lady, Queen of Peace parish talked about using Facebook and the church website.
- Another question arose concerning how would this new ChristLife approach be presented to a parish team. The general consensus was to consider this later after the entire program (Discover Christ) had been evaluated.
- Many expressed the opinion that there still needs to be a “flesh and blood” witness that can be combined to the DVD.
- There was a suggestion that an “assignment” after week one should be to have the participants ask at least three people the question “Who Is Jesus Christ” and have them share their responses as part of the Talk 2 share group.
- There was general concern expressed that the “Participant Guide” did not provide related scripture readings from week to week. The use of the familiar, most recent “Life In the Spirit Participant Guide” was suggested for use from talks three through nine.
The Team then agreed:
- To review two DVD’s next week, with less discussion time. Everyone felt comfortable with this suggestion and believed the assessment of the talks would now move much faster.
- To STAY in one group for the discussions.
- To be overly concerned about perfect level of information provided or total dependence on publicity denies the Providence of God to work in this effort.
Hopefully next week’s session will be just as rewarding. Invite someone!