The 2019 Weekends
The expression “take courage” can be found throughout the Bible as a means of encouraging an individual to trust and rely in God. In Joshua 1:9, the Lord famously said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be wherever you go.”
However, by definition, courage is described as having the mental or moral strength to do something that is frightening. While fearlessness may be a natural outcome of our faith, courage is what we need when our faith is being tested and needs to be restored. Often it is in the restoration of faith that grows it, begging the question: How might courage be a gateway for deepening our relationship with God?
Our Christian faith can be confusing and challenging. I’ve been trying to understand my faith for a long time and Christ’s reference to the Kingdom of God in the scriptures has always been something that puzzled me.
It seems He referred to the Kingdom of God constantly in His ministry. We see Him in the Gospels repeatedly saying “the Kingdom of God is like…” or, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?” And it seems He often indicated that the Kingdom was “at hand” right there in front of His disciples but they couldn’t grasp it. I have to say, I might have been good friends with some of those confused disciples.
As a community of believers we have the opportunity to gain from each other’s insights and experiences so we can better grow in our own understanding of our faith. I’ve seen that happen over and over again at Cursillo, and I that’s why I think Cursillo is such a valuable and enriching experience.
I'm looking forward to the weekend in May, and I hope you can join me and the team, as we learn how to try and make God’s Kingdom a present reality in our lives.