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

Friday, August 6, 2010

Family Bible Study - 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the
kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear
out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For
where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35 “Be dressed for action and have your
lamps lit; 36 be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet,
so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those
slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and
have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes during the middle
of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 39 “But know this: if
the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his
house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an
unexpected hour.” 41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” 42
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in
charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that
slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put that
one in charge of all his possessions. 45 But if that slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in
coming,’ and if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and drink and get
drunk, 46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an
hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful. 47
That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was
wanted, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know and did what deserved
a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will
be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Questions for discussion -

1. Jesus tells us in the Gospel to be ready for Him whenever He comes, which
might even be today. How can you can get ready for His coming? (Hint: How can
you be helpful to others?)

2. Jesus says “to whom much has been given, much will be required.” Jesus
has given you many gifts and talents, especially the gift of faith and the
gift of the sacraments. What do you think he wants from you to
thank Him for these gifts?

3. Our money on earth is not needed in Heaven. But, to get to Heaven you must
help others in need on earth first. Are you working for God on earth so you can
earn treasures in Heaven? How are you doing this?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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