MCYM Resource Team Formation in Bangalore

posted Mar 21, 2017, 9:20 PM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 9:29 PM ]

The Seventh Resource Team Training Session for Bangalore District was held on 18 March at St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church, Hennur. The session on 'St. Paul, the Example to Christians' was led by Mrs. Thangam George and Mr. Shiju John. Around 20 members participated from the four units in Bangalore District including the Animators - Mr. TM Johnson and Mrs. Hema Joseph and Mathikere unit Promoter Mr. Jacob Daniel.

The session began with a prayer by Rev. Fr. Varghese Kadakketh followed by a group activity. The activity required each individual to select two other individuals - one as a personal ‘fear’ and the other as a ‘protector’ and move around whilst ensuring that ‘fear’ never gets between the individual and the ‘protector’. This activity based on ‘The Theatre of Oppressed’ is meant to depict how chaotic it is to run away from our fears and why we always need a Saviour whom we can lean on.

After the activity, Mrs. Thangam began with a brief history of Saul of Tarsus, his background, his deep-rooted belief and scholarly character. A video clip from the movie 'St. Paul' showed Saul, although being a devout Jew, resisted from stoning Stephen. Through several other clips, she brought out the constant tension that prevailed in the society after the crucifixion of Jesus. The strong Jewish faith of the masses was, for the first time, under threat because of the 'Jesus Movement'. The members went through Saul's journey to Damascus and his transformation to Paul. Paul eventually became a committed missionary who spread the Word of Jesus even though he was never in direct contact with Christ. Paul is an ideal role model for preaching the Gospel even today.

Then Mr. Shiju discussed the unique characteristics of St. Paul that led him to become an ideal instrument for spreading the Word of God. Paul exhibited qualities such as Enthusiasm, Courage, Suffering, Openness, Friendship, Intellectual ability, Standing by the poor and Preaching without remuneration during his tumultuous journey through Asia minor and Rome. Mr. Shiju showed how the Youth today can relate with each of these qualities in our daily life. We all face challenges today just as Paul did but we need to remain resilient in our faith in Christ.