Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Family Bible Study - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Luke 4:21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in
your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that
came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them,
“Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will
say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at
Capernaum.’” 24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the
prophet’s hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the
time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there
was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except
to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the
time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the
Syrian.” 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29
They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which
their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed
through the midst of them and went on his way.

Questions for Discussion:
1. The people of Nazareth thought Jesus was Joseph’s son. At the time, they
couldn’t have known any better. But what was the real relationship between
Jesus and St. Joseph?

2. Jesus says “No prophet is accepted in his hometown.” In other words, it’s
hard to tell the Gospel to those you know very well, because they may take
you and the words of God you say for granted. Have you ever had trouble
trying to tell the Gospel to your family or friends?

3. The people of Nazareth tried to KILL Jesus by pushing Him off a cliff, but
Jesus escaped. Why do you think they wanted to kill Jesus? Why would
anyone want to kill Jesus?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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