"You also must be prepared"

The Gospel reading this Sunday continues the theme of last Sunday’s teaching on what life is all about. From his admonition to detach ourselves from material possessions, the Lord now exhorts us to seek God’s Kingdom, urging us to remain faithful and vigilant; prepared for the coming of the Lord (Luke 12:32-48).

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 11, 2013 (19C)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

Sunday Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios
Prayer of the Hours
Burning Question: What is Faith?"

Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading
Book of Wisdom, Chapter 18, Verses 6-9

1. What gave the Israelites the courage to begin their journey into the unknown desert land? Are you certain enough of God’s covenant with us that you can carry out a “leap of faith”? How do you make smaller leaps, maybe hops, of faith in your everyday life?

2. Besides their covenant with God what else do the Jewish people celebrate in this reading? How does the reading look ahead?

Second Reading
Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 11, Verses 1-2, 8-19

1. God promised Abraham that he would have many descendants. What do you think Abraham was thinking about during his nightmare test offering of his only child? How is your trust? Can you relate to this story in any way?

2. Abraham was called to an unknown country. Do you feel you are on uncharted faith-ground sometimes? Who helps you with certainty and responsibility in these unmapped areas of faith? Why would God ever call you to unknown places? What tests your faith?

According to Luke, Chapter 12, Verses 32-48

1. Jesus promised his disciples (and us) the kingdom. What is the treasure? What do you have to do to make it yours? In the parable the master knocks on the door and expects the servant to be waiting for him and let him in. Will you be ready when Jesus knocks on your door? How might you prepare to make sure you are always ready?

2. “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” What does that mean to you? Where do you want your heart to be?

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1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont5:53 PM

    Psalm 33: 1, 12, 18-19, 20-22

    “The eyes of the Lord are upon those
    who fear Him, to deliver them from death
    and preserve them in spite of famine.”

    The Lord's eyes are upon us because
    we hold Him in awe, we praise Him.
    Like a Good Shepherd He protects us
    from harm; He puts up a hedge around us
    and provides us with armor in our battle
    against death and the evil one. He feeds us
    when we go through periods of spiritual
    hunger. He nourishes us and gives us our
    daily spiritual bread.

    Where else would we turn for deliverance
    from death, the kind of death which is a
    consequence of sin? Remember, 'the wages
    of sin is death,' and we are all afflicted.
    Fortunately for us, Christ destroyed death
    and brought life to us.

    We would be dead in our sins without
    the Lord's protection, defeated by the evil one
    without the Lord's armor. And when our heart
    is starved for God's presence, when our bones
    are dry, He nourishes us and breathes life into
    our dry bones.

    It is through His divine plan that we are saved.
    Our own feeble efforts count for nothing.
    We must be submissive and abandon ourselves
    to His will and His grace. Because Christ humbles
    Himself for our sake, there is hope for us,
    even in our time of spiritual famine. That is the
    meaning of the verse, “Lord, let your mercy
    be on us, as we place our trust in you.”