Come, Lord Jesus! is a Bible Study and So Much More!
Divinely inspired and uniquely designed, Come, Lord Jesus! creates an atmosphere of prayer and helps to develop an awareness of the Divine Presence as well as nurtures an ardent desire for God.
This inspiring program is a complete study of the Sunday Readings, including Gospels (Be My Witness), Epistles (Love One Another), and the Old Testament (Give Glory to God) in three separate volumes. Following the Liturgical Calendar and utilizing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, members grow in sanctification through prayer, Scripture, Eucharist, and Christian community.
The mission of Come, Lord Jesus! is the transformation of each member into the very image and likeness of Jesus by a process of formation that includes prayer, Scripture, Eucharist, and Christian community..
The program assists its members in developing their full potential as human beings and as children of God, as well as developing a more personal relationship with Jesus. It requires a commitment to meet weekly in small Catholic faith communities where its members are formed into ardent apostolic witnesses and zealous parish ministers.
Come, Lord Jesus! has become a way of life for me. It has brought me closer to God and taught me how to live in God’s grace. Come, Lord Jesus! is a way to grow in holiness. Come, Lord Jesus! is an encounter with God. I am forever grateful to Father Bertrand for this Bible Study. God has used it to save me and change my life forever.
I come from a protestant background. We are so blessed to be Catholic. Our faith surrounds us with so many tools/resources to grow more in love with Christ. The Come, Lord Jesus! program has helped me to learn more about our Lord and the love he has for all of us. It feeds us with the knowledge and confidence to go out as the disciples did and spread his word.
Come, Lord Jesus! continues to change my heart as the Holy Spirit provides me with a deeper understanding of my Lord’s love for me and how I can go forth as a Catholic to spread the love of Jesus Christ. Spending time in the word and with my small faith community continues to strengthen my hope and faith to understand God’s will.
Thank you, Father Bertrand, for the Come, Lord Jesus! program. This has helped me in my spiritual life. I look forward to going to church on Sunday to hear what Father will say during his homily.
A Message From the Founder
Father Conley Bertrand
For too long now, our people have been mere passive listeners to the inspired Sunday readings to the great detriment of their sanctification. Once they leave Sunday Mass, nothing further happens. The Bible remains a closed book for so many of them. Moralizing sermons have not opened their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures. They have not been alerted to the fact that Jesus’ words are spirit and life (Jn 6:63); they do not realize that the Gospel is the power of God for their salvation, for in it is revealed the righteousness of God (Rom 1:16-17); they do not understand that faith comes from hearing (and reading) the word of Christ (Rom 10:17). Therefore, they have settled for a shallow spirituality and a culpable mediocrity.
It is precisely through the power of the word, accompanied by a warm fellowship, that our people are being attracted to other churches. They are being taught to actively seek the Lord through the Scriptures to their delight and edification. They are content to remain there, deprived of the presence and immense blessings of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
This debilitating passivity of our Catholics toward the word of God is highly reprehensible. For in that word God is speaking to them: he is calling and reaching out to them in love, with a desire to dialogue and reveal himself to them. But their passivity expresses a total disinterest in his appealing love. They seem to be hopelessly caught up in a condemnable attitude of complacent self-satisfaction.
Come, Lord Jesus! seeks to remedy that enfeebling passivity of our people. Our program motivates them to become actively engaged in studying and praying over the scriptures. It disciplines them to set time aside each week for the precious salvific endeavor of preparing for their meetings and the upcoming Sunday readings. Come, Lord Jesus! opens their minds to the understanding of the scriptures the way Jesus did (Lk 24:27, 32). Their hearts begin to burn with love for the divine Jesus in the Eucharist to whom they are consecrated through his word (Jn 17:17).
Today I am inviting you to save your people from this corrupt generation (See Acts 2:40) by forming many small faith communities the way the early Christians did as exemplified by Jesus with the Apostles. This is what Come, Lord Jesus! has been doing since 1969 with great success. Become an outreach missionary disciple for Come, Lord Jesus! and continue this important work of Jesus and his apostles.
– Fr. Conley Bertrand
Founder, Come Lord Jesus!