Chapter Preparation Day Realities and Resources June 7, 2014 Song: “I Found a Treasure” Lord, to whom can I go? You alone speak the words of life. You alone on the earth or in heaven above are my Savior and my Lord. I found a treasure in a field which neither time nor death can steal. I will sell what I have, give all that I am, to hold this treasure as my own. Constitutions—Article 153 The congregation strives to give a collective witness of charity and poverty. As a religious institute our temporal goods are, above all, at the service of our shared mission. Acts 3: 1-8 (New American Bible) Now Peter and John were going up to the temple area for the three o’clock hour of prayer. A man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.” Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. He leaped up, stood and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. Constitutions—Article 20 We rejoice in the things of this world and praise God’s unending goodness. We reverence the abundant gifts of God and use them for his greater glory. The more we allow God alone to possess our hearts, the more we desire to be poor, free from attachments to earthly goods and ready to share them generously with others. Mark 12: 41-44 small (The Message) Sitting across from the offering box, Jesus was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. One poor widow came up and put in two coins. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all. Constitutions—Article 21 In joy and simplicity of heart we strive to leave all things for the sake of Christ, placing our trust in God’s goodness, grateful for what he provides. What word or phrase from these readings resonates with you? Speaks to your heart? Challenges you? Share your reflection with a partner. Each person shares for one minute. Song: “I Found a Treasure” Jesus, Lord of my life. I can ask for nothing more, than to see and believe that my life lies in you in the kingdom of my Lord. I found a treasure in a field which neither time nor death can steal. I will sell what I have, give all that I am, to hold this treasure as my own.