In our second reading this weekend, we hear the introduction to St Paul’s letter to the Romans. As I prepared to put together this column, the men’s faith sharing group I belong to is just starting a Bible study on Romans, and this reading was a part of our study this week. I never cease to be amazed by the ways God puts things together!
Paul begins his greeting with a profession of his faith and the basis of his call to share the gospel. He is writing to a relatively small group of believers in Rome, a group that is called by God to live a very different life than those around them. Not unlike these believers in Rome, small faith sharing groups are a vital part of our larger faith community. So what is a small faith sharing group? Simply put, a small faith sharing group is a small group of people that join together on a regular basis to share their common faith.
Our group gathers monthly on a Friday morning. We gather to study scripture, pray, and attend Mass together. But more importantly, we gather to share in our faith and build one another up, to help each other on our journey to find Christ in our lives. We come from different backgrounds and experiences, and this gives us an opportunity to learn from one another. We learn from each other’s insights. We have the opportunity to discuss the impact of what we learn on our daily lives. How, just like Paul’s call to the Romans, we might live our faith out in the community around us.
As we prepare for Christmas, I can think of a few other small faith sharing groups that gathered together to seek out Jesus, namely the Wisemen and the Shepherds. Each of those groups gathered together on a spiritual journey to find the Lord.
Jesus tells us in Matthews gospel, where two or three are gathered, there I am in their midst. If you would like to join us or get connected with another group that can help you grow in your faith, let Fr. Dave or I know.
Deacon Phil Palad