By Natalie Salameh
On Wednesday evening, August 26, the first Young Adult Bible Sharing Group met at the Mother of Light Convent. This is a new initiative among the young adults in the Eparchy of St. Maron, and was formed at the request of the young adults who recently attended the International Convocation of Maronite Youth in Bkerke, Lebanon with our Patriarch, His Eminence and Beatitude, Cardinal Bishara Peter Rai.
In meeting our Patriarch and visiting the various shrines of our Maronite Saints, the young adults returned from Lebanon with a great desire to delve deeper into their faith, and approached the Maronite Servants for a way to quench their thirst. What better way is there of getting to know Our Lord Jesus Christ more deeply then by opening the Scriptures?
Sr. Therese Maria facilitated a lectio divina (sacred reading) for the young adults on the Sunday Gospel in the Maronite Church, the Pardoning of the Sinful Woman (Lk 7: 36 – 50). Prior to the lectio divina, Sr. Therese Maria pointed out that prayer is when we speak to God, but reading the Word is when he speaks to us, but it requires something that makes many people uncomfortable – silence. Sr. Therese Maria encouraged the young adults not to be afraid of silence, and to step away a little from the noise of the world, which drowns the subtle and quiet voice of the Lord.
It was obvious from the sharing of the young adults that the Holy Spirit was at work. A number of them shared about how the Word was challenging them to change in certain areas of their life, and how many of them were deeply touched by the sinful woman’s great act of love in bathing Our Lord’s feet with her tears of repentance. The evening concluded on a social note with refreshments and fellowship.
The next event to take place among the young adults is a social afternoon of hiking at the Blue Hills Reservation in Boston on September 12. For further details please contact Sr. Therese Maria at 508/996-1753 or firstname.lastname@example.org or “like” us on Facebook (Maronite Servants of Christ the Light) to see all the latest activities on offer. We, the Maronite Servants, extend our invitation to all young adults to join us in the social and spiritual activities for young adults. Please join us in keeping this initiative and the young adults close in prayer.