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, May 28, 2011

Family Bible Study - 6th Sunday of Easter

Gospel Passage
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask
the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor
knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. 18 “I
will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will
no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that
day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 They who
have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love
me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
Questions -

1. Jesus says that if we love him, we will obey His commandments. Do you
folllow his commandments?

2. Jesus says that he and the Father will send the “Spirit of Truth.” What
“Spirit” is he talking about? Be specific. (Hint: Think about Pentecost).

3. Jesus says, “In a little while the world will no longer see me.” What is he
talking about? (Hint: It has something to do with this Thursday).
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Friday, May 6, 2011

Family Bible Study - Third Sunday of Easter

Luke 24:13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from
Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were
talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept
from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each
other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cle'opas, answered him,
"Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?"
19 And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a
prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers
delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to
redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. 22 Moreover, some
women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body;
and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of
those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see."
25 And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" 27 And beginning
with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28
So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, 29 but they
constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to
stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it
to them. 31 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32
They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened
to us the scriptures?" 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven
gathered together and those who were with them, 34 who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has
appeared to Simon!" 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in
the breaking of the bread.

Questions for discussion -
1. Jesus first explained the Scriptures to the two men. Does the priest ever
explain things to us at Church? What is the name for this part of the Mass?

2. The men said that their hearts were “burning” when they heard Jesus speak.
Do we listen carefully so that Jesus can set our hearts on fire with love for

3. The disciples saw Jesus in the “breaking of the bread.” Does this remind
you of any part of Mass? Do you see Jesus at that part of the Mass?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - Third Sunday of Easter

Christ has called us to be his followers and disciples.
He has called us not because He needs us, but because we need
Him. He has prepared for us a heavenly banquet—a feast of joy
and happiness that will last forever. The present Eucharistic
meal is the means He instituted to help us reach the new
Jerusalem which is above. Let us use this means frequently and
fervently; in it we shall, like the two disciples, recognize Him
as our loving, risen Savior and each time we receive Him we
will return full of the glad tidings that Jesus has risen and
conquered death, not only for Himself but for all men of
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence