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 29, 2011

Family Bible Study - 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Matt. 5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat
down his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught
them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven. 4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 "Blessed are those
who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 8 "Blessed are the
pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they shall be called sons of God. 10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted
for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are
you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil
against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward
is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
1. Jesus taught the crowds in today’s Gospel story. How does Jesus teach us
today? Does He teach at Mass? Does He teach at home?

2. Jesus says in the Gospel that the people who are really “blessed” or happy
are those who love Him more than money, who are hurt when others are hurt,
who are gentle, who want what is right, who forgive, who are pure of heart,
who try to make peace and who are willing to be treated badly because they
love Jesus. Do you think so? Why do think Jesus says so? (Remember: He’s
God so he knows it’s true.)

3. Jesus says the pure of heart shall see God. What does it mean to be pure of
heart? Will the pure of heart see God only in Heaven or in this life too?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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