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, June 26, 2010

Family Bible Study - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Luke 9:51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to
Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a
village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him,
because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John
saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven
and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then they went on to
another village. 57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will
follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and
birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To
another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and
proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me
first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a
hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Questions for discussion -

1. Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem.” Jesus was focused on finishing the
task the Father had given him, to die to save us from our sins. What task has
God given you? How focused are you on that task?

2. Jesus met three people who said they wanted to follow Jesus, but all various
types of excuses of why they couldn’t follow him now. What were these three

3. What excuses have you or others you know made not to follow Jesus fully?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on Him and to move forward with our hearts and our lives in that direction. We cannot follow Him looking through a rear view mirror, but to look forward as He leads and guides us. There are sacrifices, but the rewards are great!
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Friday, June 18, 2010

Family Bible Study - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Luke 9:18 Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near
him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 They
answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of
the ancient prophets has arisen.” 20 He said to them, “But who do you say
that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” 21 He sternly ordered
and commanded them not to tell anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must
undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and
scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 23 Then he said to
them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves
and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For those who want to save
their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.

Questions for Discussion -

1. Who do the crowds (people) today — say that Jesus is? Do you wonder if they
listen to Him or even know who He is?

2. Who do you say that Jesus is? Would you say the same thing as St. Peter?

3. Jesus says that to be his follower, we have to do three things: deny
ourselves (think about helping others before we worry about ourselves), take
up our crosses (problems) every day and follow him (obey him). How would
you grade yourself in these three related subjects?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus asked the religion question: “Who do the
crowds say that I am?” Then He asked the spiritual
question: “But who do you say that I am?” It is important to
know the religion answer, but it is more important to know
the spiritual answer of who the Lord is in our lives. It is
something that we need always to reflect upon and to see
who Jesus is for us.
Jesus reminds us that the cross is part of our lives as
we follow Him.
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Family Bible Study - 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Luke 7:36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house, and took his
place at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the
Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she
began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed
them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man
were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a
sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “What is
it, Teacher?” 41 “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When
they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one,
I suppose, to whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the
woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she
has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in
she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with
ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven
little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began
to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has
saved you; go in peace.” 8:1 Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the
good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of
evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the
wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

Questions for discussion -

1. The roads were dusty and everyone wore sandals. Their feet got very
dirty! Washing someone’s dirty feet was a very kind thing to do. What do
you think the woman was telling Jesus by washing His feet with her tears and
drying them with her hair?

2. Jesus says that the one who has been forgiven more will love more. Do you
think you have been forgiven a lot by Jesus or a little? Does your love for
Him equal how much you’ve been forgiven?

3. At the end of the Gospel, Jesus and His apostles are surrounded
by women who took care of them. What do you think this shows about the
importance of women helping out Jesus and the apostles in the mission of
the Church?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

There are no sins that the Lord does not want to
forgive. There is no limit to the number of times that we
commit a sin that the Lord does not want to forgive. All
we need to do is to come to the Lord and ask for His
forgiveness. It is ours for the asking. David was told:
“The Lord on his part has forgiven your sin.” Jesus
speaks of the woman: “her many sins have been forgiven
because she has loved much.”
In our parish prayer, we pray: “Touch the hearts
of all to accept Your forgiveness.”
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sunday Gospel Message - Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

This is the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of
Christ (Corpus Christi). When Jesus foretold that He would
give us His Body as food and His Blood as drink, there was no
doubt what He meant. Some complained and said that this
teaching was too much for them and they left Jesus. Jesus did
not water down this teaching. Those who stayed with Him
accepted His teaching even though they did not fully
understand how it would take place. They trusted in the word
of Jesus and it brought them life. At the Last Supper, Jesus
fulfilled that prophecy of giving Himself in the Eucharist.
Jesus invites us to sit at table with Him. At this table,
He gives us His word to nourish our minds and He gives us
Himself to nourish our souls. He invites us to come to Him
either sacramentally in Holy Communion or, if for whatever
reason we cannot, then spiritually by our great desire to be one
with Him. Jesus also wanted to be with us for adoration and so
He is present in all the tabernacles throughout the world.
It is from the altar that Jesus becomes present in His
word and sacrament. It is the altar of sacrifice that makes Jesus
real and present to us, His brothers and sisters.
Jesus fed the crowd with five loaves and two fish. He
now feeds us with His word and sacrament.
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence