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Weekly Faith Sharing

Reflection questions for every gathering around any table.

April 23

Jesus gives us the power of the Holy Spirit.

Listening to the Word: John 20:19-31

As I hear this gospel, which words touch me most deeply? What

single word or line from this reading lingers in my memory?

Looking into My Life

Even though I can’t see him with my own eyes, how do I “see” Jesus in others? Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit and gave us the power to bring peace and forgive sins. How do I offer forgiveness to my friends and family? How do I seek forgiveness for myself?

April 16

Easter Sunday: Jesus’ resurrection — the heart of our faith, life, and journey

Listening to the Word: Matthew 28:1-10

As I hear this reading from Matthew’s gospel, what feeling does it arouse within me? What word or phrase catches my ear?

Looking into My Life

I am here today because I believe in the resurrection. What makes it believable to me? Do I find it as astonishing as the disciples did?

What does Jesus’ resurrection mean in my life?

April 9

Holy Week — the mystery of our faith.

Listening to the Word

As I hear Paul’s words to the Philippians, what touches my heart?

What phrase from this reading now lingers in my memory?

Looking into My Life

Today begins the holiest week of the year. It is a once a year opportunity to really reflect on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

How will I enter into this experience? How has my Lenten journey prepared me for this week and the resurrection?

April 2

New life in Christ Jesus

Listening to the Word: John 11:1 45

Listening today to this familiar story, what scene or word of Jesus

affected me the most? Looking into My Life

The death from which we are called is healing from those things which bind us and hold us back: memories, fears, rejection, or other

such things.

What binds me? What keeps me from fully being my

own most true self in Christ

March 26

We are children of the Light Listening to the Word: John 9:1-41

As I listen to this reading proclaimed again just now, how did it

touch my heart? What did I hear? What word caught my ear?

Looking into My Life Jesus helped a blind man see and he helps each of us see the world differently. How do I see differently because I believe? What actions do I take to produce goodness, justice, and truth for the world.

March 19

Jesus is the Living Water

Listening to the Word: John 4:5-42

In this long story, what image or scene did you see in your mind’s

eye? What phrase or word caught your ear? Looking into My Life

When I am tempted to try to satisfy your “thirst for meaning”

through some other means, what keeps me coming back to the living water of intimacy with God? Through what means do I experience Christ’s power in your life: Sacraments? Scripture? Prayer? Others?

March 12

Transfiguration with the Spirit of Jesus living within us, we will be transformed.

Listening to the Word: Matthew 17:1-9

As you heard the story of the Transfiguration proclaimed today, what particular words did you notice? What line in this reading touched your heart?

Looking into My Life

Perhaps this reading calls me, not to cling to the familiar, but to leave the comforts of my parish and reach out to the world around me. In my neighborhood or community, who is waiting to hear the Good News?

March 5 Temptation: What would Jesus do?

Listen to the Word: Matthew 4:1-11

As you listen to the familiar story of Jesus’ journey into the desert, what word or phrase did you notice? As you heard it again today, what image from this story lingers in your memory?

Look into My Life

Jesus was tempted by the devil.

How am I tempted? What helps me resist these temptations? When I pause to be alone with God, what distracts and prevents me from dwelling in that moment?What do I plan to do this Lent as a way of growing closer to Jesus?

February 26

God is always present in our life~ Matthew 6:24-34

Listen to the Word

Food, drink, clothing are mentioned in this passage. What anxietiesdo I feel when I release control of these things and put my trust inGod?

Looking into my Life

Do I serve two masters? Who are they? What can I do to stop and

serve only God?

February 19

Love your enemies ~ Matthew 5:38-48

Listen to the word:

When I hear the word enemy, what or who do I

think fits that definition? What does it mean to turn the other cheek?

Look into my life:

What is the point of “turning the other cheek” in

an argument, and why is it so hard to do so?

February 12

Matthew 5:17-37 ~ God’s Commandments are a way of life.When I hear the word commandment, what do I feel? What did Jesus mean when he said he did not come to abolish but to fulfill the law of the prophets?

Have I considered that laws are made with love? Do I accept God’s love through his laws?

February 5

Matthew 5:13 -16 ~ We are to be the salt of the earth and light for the world.

In order to do this, Jesus must first be our salt and light. When did I encounter him this past week? How can I share this with my family and friends? What do I need to do to be more flavorful and luminous in my day to day activities?

January 29, 2017

The Beatitudes…a way of life, a map to happiness

Listening to the Word: Matthew 5:1-12

When I heard the Beatitudes proclaimed today, which one

struck me? What one word from this reading lingers now in my

memory?

Looking into My Life

Jesus gives us a plan for our happiness in the beatitudes. Do

the things that make me happiest also lead me towards God? Do

they follow God’s plan? How would I describe what it means to

be “blest” in my own life?

January 22, 2017

Matthew 4:12-23 ~ Jesus calls us to follow him our lives will never be the same. Jesus calls me to follow him in particular ways, both big and small.

What are some of the ways in which Jesus calls me to follow him and build up the Reign of God?

January 15, 2017

Reflection questions for every gathering around any table. John 1:29 34 ~ Lamb of God

How am I able to see through all the busyness, the distractions, and the din of today’s world to really see Jesus as he makes himself present today? Where do I see him or experience his presence?

January 8, 2017

Matthew 2:1 -12 ~ The mystery of the incarnation

Jesus is a gift to all humanity.

Life can sometimes be rough: losing a home, moving, feeling fear or danger. How do I experience God being and staying with me in such times? How can I be a gift to someone else and demonstrate God’s love at home and at work this coming week?

January 1, 2017

Luke 2:16 -21 ~ Mary, Holy Mother of God

When have I felt most blessed by God? What can I do to help someone in my family feel the same way?

December 25, 2016

Luke 2:1 -14 ~ Christmas ~ Good News of Great Joy

How am I sharing the Good News with family, friends and

neighbors? What do I need to do or change this coming year so that I may be a sign of God’s love and joy for others?

December 14, 2016

Matthew 1:18 -24 ~ Emmanuel ~ God is with us

God speaks to us in our intuitions and imagination, as he did to Joseph in this dream.

What is my experience of hearing God speak in this way? What is God asking of me today? Do I trust God like

Joseph did?

December 11, 2016

MT 11:2 -11 ~ Jesus is the Messiah ~ John is the Messenger

How am I like John the humble messenger? How is my life pointing the way to the Messiah for others?

December 4, 2016

Matthew 3:1 -12 ~ God’s kingdom is at hand — it is here.

What in my life must I repent in order to live God’s will? How will others witness this in me?

November 27, 2016

Matthew 24:37 44 ~ Waiting, Hoping and Preparing

The Gospel tells us we don’t know when the Son of Man will return.

If he were to arrive today, would I be ready for him? Would he know that I am a disciple? What is one thing I can do during Advent to prepare for his coming?

November 20, 2016

Luke 23:35-43 ~ In Christ, everything continues in being. This week we celebrate Christ the King. In the best sense of the word, a King is someone who cares for the people under his care, and also has authority over them.

When have I felt Jesus’ care of me?

How do I allow Jesus to have authority over me? Am I sharing this with those around me?

November 13, 2016

Luke 21:5 -19 ~ The day of the Lord is a day of hope and joy

Jesus tells us that even though bad things happen, we are safe in God. How do I deal with them? When have I felt safe with God in my life?

November 6, 2016 ~ 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 20:27 -38 God strengthens us and we live with him forever.

Death is a hard reality in our human life, but if we believe in the resurrection, we know it isn’t the end of the journey. How does my belief in heaven affect the way I live?

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