During the Easter liturgical season, the first reading most days is from the Acts of the Apostles. It is so inspiring how the apostles worked to spread the gospel. In Acts 4:32 “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.” Not only did they share a common mission, they believed that all of their possessions belonged to the community, so that there was “no needy person among them.” Acts 4:34
When we lived our Cursillo weekend, we learned that we each have a mission: To share the Good News of Jesus Christ and to make Him known and loved in our world. “Our world” includes our family, our neighborhood, our work environment, wherever we spend our time. We also learned that we are members of the larger Christian community. We are not meant to live in isolation, rather, we need to be connected with, inspired by, upheld by and active members of that larger Christian community. Our small groups, Ultreyas and parishes are three examples of places where we have regular contact with other members of our larger Christian community.
Working a Cursillo weekend is an opportunity for us to work together as one body to share the Gospel message that God loves us and desires us to live in communion with Him. As a team member, we share our talents and abilities to live that message on the Cursillo weekend and after the weekend. The gifts and talents that God has given us are given for the benefit of our community.
Frequently, team members are assigned a role that they haven’t held before, such as being a rollista or serving as kitchen coordinator or palanca coordinator. It’s not uncommon for a team member to question whether they are capable of the assigned role, but with prayer, palanca and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct, team members discover that they are given the gifts they need to fulfill their role.
Has it been a while since you have worked a weekend? Will you consider working the August weekend so that your gifts can be used to lead others to Christ? If you are unable to work a weekend, perhaps you would consider doing palanca for the candidates and team who will be working the August weekends.
Please keep the Vietnamese Cursillo community in your prayers and consider doing palanca and writing a palanca note for their upcoming women’s weekend May 31 to June 3 which will be held at St. Anne St. Joseph Hien in Minneapolis.
Pray also for the Spanish community. They are registering candidates and looking forward to holding weekends within the next year.
“God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Yours in Christ,
Tom & Diane Repucci